Fachbereich Veterinärmedizin



    Antimicrobial resistance profiles of Escherichia coli from common European wild bird species (2010)

    Zeitschriftenartikel / wissenschaftlicher Beitrag
    Guenther, Sebastian
    Grobbel, Mirjam
    Lübke-Becker, Antina
    Goedecke, Andreas
    Friedrich, Nicole D
    Wieler, Lothar H
    Ewers, Christa
    Veterinary Microbiology; 144(1/2) — S. 219–225
    ISSN: 0378-1135
    DOI: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2009.12.016
    Pubmed: 20074875
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    Abstract / Zusammenfassung

    The emergence and spread of multiresistant bacteria in natural environments constitute a serious impact on animal and human health. To gain more insight into the role of wild birds as carriers and reservoir of multiresistant Escherichia coli we tested a broad spectrum of common European bird species for the occurrence of E. coli strains and their antimicrobial resistance by minimal inhibitory concentration testing and PCR analysis of several resistance genes. Nine of the 187 E. coli isolates (4.8%) exhibited multiresistant phenotypes including resistances against beta-lactams, aminoglycosides, fluoroquinolones, tetracyclines and sulfonamides. By comparing avian E. coli resistance frequencies with frequencies known for E. coli isolated from livestock and companion animals analogous profiles were identified. Multiresistant E. coli strains were isolated from synanthropic avian species as well as from birds of prey, waterfowl and passerines. By that, all these avian hosts are suggested to represent a considerable reservoir of resistant E. coli strains. Consequently wild birds might constitute a potential hazard to human and animal health by transmitting multiresistant strains to waterways and other environmental sources via their faecal deposits.