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J Infect Chemother. 2000 Dec;6(4):189-95.

Present situation of antimicrobial resistance in Korea.

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Department of Clinical Pathology, Research Institute of Bacterial Resistance, Yonsei University College of Medicine, C.P.O. Box 8044, Seoul, Korea. whonetkor@yumc.yonsei.ac.kr

Abstract

Resistance of bacteria to antimicrobial agents is a worldwide concern. In Korea, resistant bacteria are more prevalent than in other industrialized countries. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, erythromycin-resistant Streptococcus pyogenes, penicillin non-susceptible pneumococci, beta-lactamase-producing gonococci, extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae, class C beta-lactamase-producing E. coli, fluoroquinolone-resistant E. coli, and aminoglycoside-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii and Pseudomonas aeruginosa are examples of resistant bacteria prevalent in Korea, and their presence suggests a high level of antimicrobial selective pressure and the nosocomial spread of resistant bacteria. Recently observed rapid increases in the incidence of vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium and carbapenem-resistant P. aeruginosa present new threats in Korea.

PMID:
11810564
DOI:
10.1007/s101560000000
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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