Widespread transfer of resistance genes between bacterial species in an intensive care unit: implications for hospital epidemiology.

Abstract

A transferable plasmid encoding SHV-12 extended-spectrum beta-lactamase, TEM-116, and aminoglycoside resistance was responsible for two sequential clonal outbreaks of Enterobacter cloacae and Acinetobacter baumannii bacteria. A similar plasmid was present among isolates of four different bacterial species. Recognition of plasmid transfer is crucial for control of outbreaks of multidrug-resistant nosocomial pathogens.

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@article{Naiemi2005WidespreadTO, title={Widespread transfer of resistance genes between bacterial species in an intensive care unit: implications for hospital epidemiology.}, author={Nashwan al Naiemi and Birgitta Duim and Paul H. M. Savelkoul and Lodewijk Spanjaard and Evert de Jonge and A. Bart and Christina M. J. E. Vandenbroucke-Grauls and Menno D. T. de Jong}, journal={Journal of clinical microbiology}, year={2005}, volume={43 9}, pages={4862-4} }