Paper published: polymyxin resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates

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This paper has been published in the Veterinary Record and focuses on resistance of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in isolates from companion  animals.

  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic pathogen and a major cause of infections in humans and animals.
  • When compared to those from humans, Pseudomonas isolates from companion animals showed higher levels of resistance to polymyxinB and colistin, an -important antibiotic for treating infection in humans.
  • Comparison of their genetic fingerprint suggested the potential for transmission between humans and companion animals.
  • Is it possible widespread use of polymyxinB is driving the evolution of resistance to colistin.
  • There is a need for sustained surveillance of this veterinary niche as a potential reservoir for resistant, clinically relevant bacteria in both animals and humans.

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