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Clin Infect Dis. 2000 Mar;30(3):473-8.

Epidemiology of ciprofloxacin resistance and its relationship to extended-spectrum beta-lactamase production in Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates causing bacteremia.

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Infectious Disease Section, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA 15240, USA.


A prospective study of Klebsiella pneumoniae bacteremia was performed in 12 hospitals in 7 countries. Of 452 episodes of bacteremia, 25 (5.5%) were caused by K. pneumoniae that was resistant in vitro to ciprofloxacin. Extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) production was detected in 15 (60%) of 25 ciprofloxacin-resistant isolates, compared with 68 (16%) of 427 ciprofloxacin-susceptible strains (P=.0001). Multivariate analysis revealed that risk factors for ciprofloxacin resistance in K. pneumoniae included prior receipt of a quinolone (P=.0065) and an ESBL-producing strain (P=.012). In all, 18% of ESBL-producing isolates were also ciprofloxacin-resistant. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis showed that 11 of the 15 ciprofloxacin-resistant ESBL-producing strains belonged to just 4 genotypes, suggesting that patient-to-patient transmission of such strains occurred. The close relationship between ESBL production and ciprofloxacin resistance is particularly worrisome because the first reported instance of plasmid-mediated ciprofloxacin resistance has been in an isolate of K. pneumoniae also possessing an ESBL.

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