Increased prevalence of Escherichia coli strains from food carrying bla NDM and mcr-1-bearing plasmids that structurally resemble those of clinical strains, China, 2015 to 2017.

Increased prevalence of Escherichia coli strains from food carrying bla NDM and mcr-1-bearing plasmids that structurally resemble those of clinical strains, China, 2015 to 2017. Euro Surveill. 2019 Mar;24(13): Authors: Liu X, Geng S, Chan EW, Chen S Abstract IntroductionEmergence of resistance determinants of bla NDM and mcr-1 has undermined the antimicrobial effectiveness of the last line drugs carbapenems and colistin.AimThis work aimed to assess the prevalence of bla NDM and mcr-1 in E. coli strains collected from food in Shenzhen, China, during the period 2015 to 2017.MethodsMultidrug-resistant E. coli strains were isolated from food samples. Plasmids encoding mcr-1 or bla NDM genes were characterised and compared with plasmids found in clinical isolates.ResultsAmong 1,166 non-repeated cephalosporin-resistant E. coli strains isolated from 2,147 food samples, 390 and 42, respectively, were resistant to colistin and meropenem, with five strains being resistant to both agents. The rate of resistance to colistin increased significantly (p 
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