European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

, Volume 11, Issue 12, pp 1163–1166

Emergence of resistance to erythromycin and fluoroquinolones in thermotolerantCampylobacter strains isolated from feces 1987–1991

  • J. Reina
  • N. Borrell
  • A. Serra
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DOI: 10.1007/BF01961137

Cite this article as:
Reina, J., Borrell, N. & Serra, A. Eur. J. Clin. Microbiol. Infect. Dis. (1992) 11: 1163. doi:10.1007/BF01961137

Abstract

During the period 1987 to 1991 a retrospective study was performed to determine the resistance of thermotolerantCampylobacter species isolated from feces to erythromycin and fluoroquinolones. Of the 672 strains studied, 614 (91.3 %) were identified asCampylobacter jejuni and 58 (8.7 %) asCampylobacter coli. During the study period the rate of resistance ofCampylobacter jejuni to erythromycin remained relatively stable (0.9–3.5 %), while resistance ofCampylobacter coli to erythromycin emerged later (1989) with much higher rates (14.8–33 %). Overall, 11.8 % and 10.7 % ofCampylobacter jejuni strains isolated after 1987 were resistant to nalidixic acid and ciprofloxacin respectively, resistance increasing from 2.3 % in 1988 to 32 % in 1991. In 1991 the first strains ofCampylobacter coli with resistance to these fluoroquinolones were detected (rates 29 % and 26 % respectively). Of the strains resistant to nalidixic acid, only 10.9 % were susceptible to ciprofloxacin.

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© Friedr. Vieweg & Sohn Verlagsgesellschaft mbH 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Reina
    • 1
  • N. Borrell
    • 1
  • A. Serra
    • 1
  1. 1.Clinical Microbiology ServiceHospital Son DuretaPalma de MallorcaSpain