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Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases

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Abstract

MOTTA, R.N. et al. Plasmid-mediated extended-spectrum b-lactamase-producing strains of Enterobacteriaceae isolated from diabetes foot infections in a Brazilian diabetic center. Braz J Infect Dis [online]. 2003, vol.7, n.2, pp. 129-134. ISSN 1413-8670.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-86702003000200006.

We bacteriologically analyzed 156 species of Enterobacteriaceae, isolated from 138 patients with community-acquired diabetic foot ulcers, in a prospective study made at a diabetic center and at the Federal University of Ceará, Brazil, from March, 2000, to November, 2001.The samples were cultured using selective media, and identification, susceptibility tests and detection of plasmid-mediated-extended-spectrum-b-lactamase (ESBL) producing strains were made with conventional and automated methods. The most frequently occurring pathogens were K. pneumoniae (21.2%), Morganella morganii (19.9%) and E. coli (15.4%). High resistance rates were noted for ampicillin, first generation cephalosporin, trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole, tetracycline, amoxicillin-clavulanic acid and chloramphenicol. ESBL-producing strains were detected in 6% of the patients. Resistance among gram-negative bacteria has become increasingly common, even in community-acquired infections.

Keywords : ESBL-producing strains; antimicrobial resistance; Enterobacteriaceae.

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