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J Clin Microbiol. 1998 Jan;36(1):248-50.

First report of a human isolate of Erwinia persicinus.

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Nosocomial Pathogens Laboratory Branch, Hospital Infections Program, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia 30333, USA. cmo1@cdc.gov

Abstract

Erwinia persicinus was first described in 1990 after being isolated from a variety of fruits and vegetables, including bananas, cucumbers, and tomatoes. In 1994, it was shown to be the causative agent of necrosis of bean pods. We now report the first human isolate of E. persicinus. The strain was isolated from the urine of an 88-year-old woman who presented with a urinary tract infection. By the hydroxyapatite method, DNA from this strain was shown to be 94.5% related at 60 degrees C and 86% related at 75 degrees C to the type strain of E. persicinus. The biochemical profile of E. persicinus is most similar to those of Erwinia rhapontici, Pantoea agglomerans, and Enterobacter species. It is negative in tests for lysine, arginine, ornithine, dulcitol, and urea. It is motile and positive in tests for D-sorbitol and sucrose. It is susceptible to the expanded-spectrum cephalosporins, aminoglycosides, and fluoroquinolones, but it is resistant to ampicillin, ticarcillin, and cefazolin.

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