New Multidrug Resistant Salmonella
“Researchers are warning of the emergence of a new strain of salmonella that is highly resistant to ciprofloxacin (Cipro), the main drug used to treat infections with the bacteria.
In some cases, isolates are resistant to a suite of other drugs, including such antibiotics as amoxicillin, streptomycin, spectinomycin, gentamicin, sulfamethoxazole, and tetracycline.
Nearly 500 cases were identified in several European countries during the period 2002 through 2008, according to François-Xavier Weill, MD, of the Pasteur Institute in Paris, and colleagues.
Reports of infection in Canada and contamination of imported foods in the U.S. suggest that the strain has also reached North America, Weill and colleagues reported online in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.
The resistant strain, dubbed CIPR for its resistance characteristics, formed an increasing proportion of all cases of infection with Salmonella enterica serotype Kentucky in France, England and Wales, and Denmark over the study period, Weill and colleagues reported.
The report comes as U.S. officials are reporting that an outbreak of salmonellosis, probably linked to eating ground turkey, has killed one person and sickened 76 others.”