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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2016 Apr;37(4):440-7. doi: 10.1017/ice.2015.326. Epub 2016 Jan 19.

Long-Term Carriage of Ciprofloxacin-Resistant Escherichia coli Isolates in High-Risk Nursing Home Residents.

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1Center for Molecular and Clinical Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases,Department of Epidemiology,University of Michigan School of Public Health,Ann Arbor,Michigan.
2Infection Prevention in Aging Research Group,Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine,University of Michigan Medical School,Ann Arbor,Michigan.


BACKGROUND Rates of multidrug-resistant gram-negative organisms are surpassing those of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and vancomycin-resistant enterococci in nursing homes (NHs). OBJECTIVE To characterize the incidence and duration of carriage of ciprofloxacin-resistant Escherichia coli (CipREc) in NHs and identify those in the O25b-ST131 lineage. METHODS We collected 227 CipREc isolates obtained by routine and regular surveillance of high-risk NH residents with indwelling devices. Repetitive element palindromic (REP)-polymerase chain reaction assay and multiplex polymerase chain reaction amplification for O25b-ST131 E. coli detection were performed using (GTG)5-primers and O25pabBspe and trpA2 primer pairs, respectively. RESULTS We found a high period prevalence of CipREc colonization (21.5%), high rates of recolonization with the same strain following clearing (0.46 recolonizations/ person/ year), and an acquisition incidence of 1.05 cases/1,000 person-days. Almost three-quarters of colonized residents carried strains in the O25b-ST131 E. coli lineage. Compared with isolates not in the lineage, O25b-ST131 isolates were carried significantly longer (10 vs 3 months). We identified 18 different REP-types; 2 occurred in 55% of the residents colonized with CipREc, and in more than 1 NH. Duration of CipREc carriage varied by REP-type and averaged 6 months. CONCLUSION CipREc occurred frequently in NH residents and is carried for long durations, and reacquisition following clearance is common Trial registration. identifier: NCT01062841.

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