, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 171-176
Date: 25 Aug 2009

Prevalence of multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in diabetics clinical samples

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Antibiotic resistance in 40 Staphylococcus aureus clinical isolates from 110 diabetic patients (36%) was evaluated. Of these, 32 (80%) of the isolates showed multidrug-resistance to more than eight antibiotics and 35% isolates were found to be methicillin resistant S. aureus (MRSA). All 40 S. aureus strains (100%) screened from diabetic clinical specimens were resistant to penicillin, 63% to ampicillin, 55% to streptomycin, 50% to tetracycline and 50% to gentamicin. Where as low resistance rate was observed to ciprofloxacin (20%) and rifampicin (8%). In contrast, all (100%) S. aureus strains recorded susceptibility to teicoplanin, which was followed by vancomycin (95%). Genotypical examination revealed that 80% of the aminoglycoside resistant S. aureus (ARSA) have aminoglycoside modifying enzyme (AME) coding genes; however, 20% of ARSA which showed non-AME mediated (adaptive) aminoglycoside resistance lacked these genes in their genome. In contrast all MRSA isolates possessed mecA, femA genetic determinants in their genome.