[Source: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, full page: (LINK). Abstract, edited.]
High Rate of Faecal Carriage of Extended-Spectrum-β-Lactamase-Producing Escherichia coli in Healthy Children in Gipuzkoa, northern Spain
María Fernández-Reyes 1, Diego Vicente 1,2, María Gomariz 1, Olatz Esnal 2, Joseba Landa 3,4, Eider Oñate 3 and Emilio Pérez-Trallero 1,2,4*
Author Affiliations: 1Microbiology Department, Hospital Universitario Donostia-Instituto Biodonostia, San Sebastián, Spain 2Biomedical Research Centre Network for Respiratory Diseases (CIBERES), San Sebastián, Spain 3Pediatric Department, Hospital Universitario Donostia-Instituto Biodonostia, San Sebastián, Spain 4Faculty of Medicine, University of the Basque Country, UPV/EHU, San Sebastián, Spain
Published ahead of print 6 January 2014, doi: 10.1128/AAC.01503-13 AAC.01503-13
The prevalence of extended-spectrum-β-lactamase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (ESBLPE) was studied in stool samples from 125 8-16 month-old healthy children. Twenty-four percent of them and 10.7% of the 318 faecal samples studied yielded extended-spectrum-β-lactamase-producing E. coli, being SHV-12, CTX-M-1, CTX-M-14 and TEM-52, the most common type of β-lactamase. This high prevalence of ESBLPE in healthy people -to our knowledge the highest currently reported in Europe- may represent a risk for increased infections by these organisms in a future.
* Corresponding author: Emilio Pérez-Trallero, Servicio de Microbiología, Hospital Universitario Donostia, Paseo Dr Beguiristain s/n, 20014 San Sebastián, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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