Antibiotic susceptibility of Burkholderia pseudomallei from tropical northern Australia and implications for therapy of melioidosis.
AW Jenney, G Lum, DA Fisher, BJ Currie
Int J Antimicrob Agents | Published : 2001
From a prospective melioidosis study commencing in 1989 at Royal Darwin Hospital, 170 initial isolates of Burkholderia pseudomallei were available for susceptibility testing. Of these 163 (96%) were susceptible to meropenem/imipenem, ceftazidime, trimethoprim-sulphamethoxazole (SMX/TMP) and doxycycline. Seven (4%) showed primary resistance; three had low-level resistance to SMX/TMP, one to ceftriaxone and amoxycillin/clavulanate (AMOX/CA) and three to doxycycline. Of 167 patients who survived their initial presentation, seven (4%) had culture positive infections which persisted for greater than 3 months after start of therapy. All ultimately cleared carriage of B. pseudomallei though three r..View full abstract