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VOLUME 57 , ISSUE 3 (April 2018) > List of articles


Katarzyna Talaga-Ćwiertnia * / Małgorzata Bulanda

Keywords : antibiotic resistance, Enterococcus, hospital environment, farm animals and household pets, food

Citation Information : Postępy Mikrobiologii - Advancements of Microbiology. Volume 57, Issue 3, Pages 244-250, DOI: https://doi.org/10.21307/PM-2018.57.3.244

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Published Online: 23-May-2019



Drug-resistant bacteria from the genus Enterococcus are currently among the most important pathogens behind healthcare-associated infections. The drug resistance of these bacteria has been on the increase since the 1980s, leeding to their multi-drug resistance. Selective pressure, present mainly in the hospital environment, contributed to this phenomenon. However, also outside the hospital environment selective pressure comes into play, namely the use of antibiotics as promoters of growth in animal husbandry and in food production. Household pets form a reservoir of drug-resistant enterococcal strains, too. The exchange of resistance genes between enterococcal strains from different niches poses a threat to public health.

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