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Heavy metal and disinfectant resistance in clinical isolates of gram-negative rods.

Abstract

Ninety-five clinical strains of Gram-negative bacteria were examined for resistance to mercury, silver and disinfectants. 41% of the strains possessed resistance to mercury, 21% to silver and 7.3% of the strains were resistant to chlorhexidine. Mercury resistance was shown to be plasmid-mediated in 17 strains and silver resistance in 10 strains. Chlorhexidine resistance was not shown to be transferable.

PMID:
6635758
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