Faecal carriage of ESBL-producing E. coli in Spanish children
What is it about?
The prevalence and genetic characteristic of extended-spectrum-β-lactamase (ESBL)-producing bacteria in stool samples from 125 healthy children at the ages of 8, 12 and 16 months, was investigated. Molecular characterization of ESBL-encoding genes was performed by multiplex-PCR. A total of 24% of the 125 children and 10.7% of the 318 fecal samples studied yielded ESBL producers. Together the resistance to beta-lactams, 20.6% of isolates were resistant to levofloxacin and other antimicrobials
Why is it important?
About a quarter of healthy children between 8 and 16 months old in northern Spain harbor in their intestines multiresistant (ESBL-producing E. coli) strains. This high carriage rate in healthy children should alert us to the possibility of an increase of clinical infections by these strains.
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