Journal article

Colonization of a hand washing sink in a veterinary hospital by an Enterobacter hormaechei strain carrying multiple resistances to high importance antimicrobials

Kanishka Kamathewatta, Rhys Bushell, Fannana Rafa, Glenn Browning, Helen Billman-Jacobe, Marc Marenda

Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control | BioMed Central | Published : 2020


Background Hospital intensive care units (ICUs) are known reservoirs of multidrug resistant nosocomial bacteria. Targeted environmental monitoring of these organisms in health care facilities can strengthen infection control procedures. A routine surveillance of extended spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) producers in a large Australian veterinary teaching hospital detected the opportunistic pathogen Enterobacter hormaechei in a hand washing sink of the ICU. The organism persisted for several weeks, despite two disinfection attempts. Four isolates were characterized in this study. Methods Brilliance-ESBL selective plates were inoculated from environmental swabs collected throughout the hospital..

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