Determination of antibiotic resistance pattern in Escherichia coli strains isolated from animal faeces in a farm house

Document Type: Short paper

Authors

1 Gomal Center of Biochemistry and Biotechnology (GCBB), Gomal University, D. I. Khan (KPK), Pakistan

2 M. Phil. Biotechnology, Gomal Center of Biochemistry and Biotechnology (GCBB), Gomal University, D. I. Khan (KPK), Pakistan

3 Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Biological Sciences, Quaid I Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan

4 Centre of Virology and Immunology, National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, Pakistan

Abstract

The present study aimed to evaluate the antibiotic resistance pattern of Escherichia coli strains isolated
from animals to ascertain the levels of antibiotic resistance pervasiveness. A total of 28 E. coli strains were
isolated from faecal samples and the antibiotic resistance pattern of E. coli strains was determined by means
of disc diffusion assay. The resistance pattern determined for all strains was amoxicillin, streptomycin,
cefepime, azteronam, amoxicillin/clavulanic acid, ciprofloxacin and ceftriaxone. About 50-75% of the strains
were reported as resistant to more than five antibiotics (multidrug-resistant). This might result in broadening
of the antibiotic resistance canvas among animals and from animals to human taking the animal food
products or living in close contact with them.

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