Fachbereich Veterinärmedizin



    Multidrug resistant Acinetobacter baumannii in veterinary medicine - emergence of an underestimated pathogen? (2014)

    Zeitschriftenartikel / wissenschaftlicher Beitrag
    Müller, S. (WE 7)
    Janssen, Traute (WE 7)
    Wieler, L. H. (WE 7)
    Berliner und Münchener tierärztliche Wochenschrift; 127 — S. 435–446
    ISSN: 0005-9366
    DOI: 10.2376/0005-9366-127-435
    Institut für Mikrobiologie und Tierseuchen

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    Abstract / Zusammenfassung

    The proportion of multidrug resistant bacteria causing infections in animals has continuously been increasing. While the relevance of ESBL (extended spectrum beta-lactamase)-producing Enterobacteriaceae spp. and MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is unquestionable, knowledge about multidrug resistant Acinetobacter baumannii in veterinary medicine is scarce. This is a worrisome situation, as A. baumannii are isolated from veterinary clinical specimens with rising frequency. The remarkable ability of A. baumannii to develop multidrug resistance and the high risk of transmission are known in human medicine for years. Despite this, data regarding A. baumannii isolates of animal origin are missing. Due to the changing role of companion animals with closer contact between animal and owner, veterinary intensive care medicine is steadily developing. It can be assumed that the number of “high risk“ patients with an enhanced risk for hospital acquired infections will be rising simultaneously. Thus, development and spread of multidrug resistant pathogens is envisioned to rise. It is possible, that A. baumannii will evolve into a veterinary nosocomial pathogen similar to ESBL-producing Enterobacteriaceae and MRSA. The lack of attention paid to A. baumannii in veterinary medicine is even more worrying, as first reports indicate a transmission between humans and animals. Essential questions regarding the role of livestock, especially as a potential source of multidrug resistant isolates, remain unanswered. This review summarizes the current knowledge on A. baumannii in veterinary medicine for the first time. It underlines the utmost significance of further investigations of A. baumannii animal isolates, particularly concerning epidemiology and resistance mechanisms.