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Conjugal transfer of plasmids and antibiotic resistance among Escherichia coli isolated from animals in a rural area in Sarawak (Malaysia)


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Radu, Son and Rahmat Ali, Gulam Rusul and Abdul Karim, Mohamed Ismail (1997) Conjugal transfer of plasmids and antibiotic resistance among Escherichia coli isolated from animals in a rural area in Sarawak (Malaysia). Journal of Applied Microbiology, 82 (2). pp. 240-244. ISSN 1364-5072; ESSN: 1365-2672

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Thirty-six strains of Escherichia coli isolated from animals in Bario, a remote area in Sarawak, Malaysia, were examined for presence of plasmid DNA and their susceptibility to nine antimicrobial agents. Of the total 36 isolates, five bovine and six canine isolates were found to contain plasmid DNA ranging in sizes from 2.6 to 70 kilobases. All were susceptible to chloramphenicol, erythromycin, gentamicin, nalidixic acid and neomycin but resistance to ampicillin (47%), erythromycin (19%), streptomycin (25%) and tetracycline (11%) was observed. Resistance was associated with carriage of a 47 kb (SC98), 70 kb, (SC133) and 56 and 46 kb (SC119) plasmids which were transmissible to the Escherichia coli K12 recipient. It is concluded that animals form a potential reservoir of R plasmids carrying E. coli in the study area.


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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Food Science and Biotechnology
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2672.1997.tb03579.x
Publisher: The Society for Applied Bacteriology
Keywords: Escherichia coli; Plasmid; Antibiotic resistance; Sarawak (Malaysia)
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2017 17:52
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2017 17:52
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/51106
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