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Highly resistant bacterial strain isolated from pet dogs and their owner

T. Grönthal, M. Österblad, M. Eklund and others

Eurosurveillance (2018) 23

doi: 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2018.23.27.1700497

• What did the research find

A highly resistant New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase (NDM-5)-producing multidrug-resistant (MDR) Escherichia coli strain was isolated from two pet dogs and one family member in Finland. Both dogs and two members of the family also carried a different MDR extended-spectrum β-lactamase E coli strain.

While the original source of the infection remains unclear, human-to-canine transmission is a likely route, especially for the NDM-bacteria, as these have not previously been identified in animals in Finland before.

• How was it conducted

In April 2015, two meropenem-resistant E coli were identified from two dogs kept by the same family. Both dogs suffered from chronic otitis externa. Ear and rectal samples were collected from the …

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