Characterisation of Rhodococcus equi strains isolated from foals and from immunocompromised human patients

L. Makrai, L. Fodor, Á Csivincsik, J. Varga, Zs Senoner, B. Szabó

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Abstract

The cultural, morphological, biochemical, serological characteristics and antibiotic susceptibility of 25 Rhodococcus equi strains isolated from lungs and lung abscesses of pneumonic foals and 5 R. equi strains isolated from immuno-compromised human patients were examined. All R. equi strains showed common cultural, morphological and biochemical characteristics both with conventional tests and on the basis of their enzyme profile. The R. equi strains examined were resistant to penicillins with the exception of ampicillin, to sulphamethazine and several strains also to sulphamethoxazole-trimethoprim. All strains were susceptible to erythromycin and rifampicin. The strains isolated from humans showed somewhat higher rate of antibiotic resistance to penicillin, cefotaxime, kanamycin, streptomycin, lincomycin, and oxytetracycline. The overwhelming majority (96%) of the equine isolates belonged to serotype 1 in Prescott's serotyping system, while the human isolates could not be serotyped.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-259
Number of pages7
JournalActa Veterinaria Hungarica
Volume48
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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Rhodococcus equi
Immunocompromised Host
foals
Penicillins
Lincomycin
Lung Abscess
Sulfamethoxazole
lungs
Serotyping
Oxytetracycline
Lung
Trimethoprim
penicillins
Kanamycin
Cefotaxime
Streptomycin
Erythromycin
Ampicillin
Rifampin
Microbial Drug Resistance

Keywords

  • Antibiotic susceptibility
  • Biochemical characteristics
  • Enzymatic activity
  • Rhodococcus equi
  • Serotyping

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  • veterinary(all)

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Characterisation of Rhodococcus equi strains isolated from foals and from immunocompromised human patients. / Makrai, L.; Fodor, L.; Csivincsik, Á; Varga, J.; Senoner, Zs; Szabó, B.

In: Acta Veterinaria Hungarica, Vol. 48, No. 3, 2000, p. 253-259.

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