Organisms encoding multiple antibiotic resistance genes are becoming increasingly prevalent. In this report we describe a multiply resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae which possesses at least five different β-lactamase genes. Isoelectric focusing, polymerase chain reaction and restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis identified TEM-1, multiple SHVs, OXA-9 and a plasmid-mediated ampC β-lactamase. Furthermore, Southern analysis and conjugation experiments established that most of the resistance genes were encoded on one large transferable plasmid. This report demonstrates the complexity of multiply resistant organisms.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Microbiology (medical)
- Infectious Diseases
- Pharmacology (medical)