Assessing the #susceptibility of highly pathogenic #avian #influenza #H5N1 viruses to #oseltamivir using embryonated chicken #eggs (Indian J Med Res., abstract)

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Indian J Med Res. 2019 Nov;150(5):486-491. doi: 10.4103/ijmr.IJMR_845_18.

Assessing the susceptibility of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 viruses to oseltamivir using embryonated chicken eggs.

Tare DS1, Kode SS1, Hurt AC2, Pawar SD3.

Author information: 1 Avian Influenza Group, ICMR-National Institute of Virology-Microbial Containment Complex, Pune, Maharashtra, India. 2 WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference & Research on Influenza (VIDRL), Peter Doherty Institute for Infection & Immunity, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia. 3 ICMR-National Institute of Virology-Mumbai Unit, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

 

Abstract

BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES:

The susceptibility of influenza viruses to neuraminidase inhibitors (NAIs) is studied using enzyme-based assays, sequence analysis and in vitro and in vivo studies. Oseltamivir carboxylate (OC) is the active prodrug of the NAI oseltamivir. There is lack of information on the use of embryonated chicken eggs for studying susceptibility of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 viruses to antiviral drugs. The aim of the present study was to assess the use of 10 day old embryonated chicken eggs for studying antiviral susceptibility of HPAI H5N1 viruses.

METHODS:

Two HPAI H5N1 viruses isolated from India were used in the study. Fluorescence-based NAI assay was performed to determine antiviral susceptibility of these viruses. In ovo antiviral assays were carried out using 10 day old embryonated chicken eggs. The virus dilutions were incubated with 14 μg/ml of OC and inoculated in the allantoic cavity. In the eggs, 50 per cent egg infectious dose (EID50) titres as well as mortality were quantitated.

RESULTS:

The two viruses used were susceptible to OC in the NAI assay. It was found that there was a significant drop in EID50titres; however, no significant protection from mortality after OC treatment was observed.

INTERPRETATION & CONCLUSIONS:

By measuring viral titres, the egg model was suitable to study the susceptibility of HPAI viruses to antiviral drugs along with NAI assay. The present study highlights the use of eggs as a model to study susceptibility of HPAI viruses to OC.

KEYWORDS: Antivirals – embryonated chicken eggs – H5N1 – highly pathogenic avian influenza – oseltamivir

PMID: 31939392 DOI: 10.4103/ijmr.IJMR_845_18

Keywords: Antivirals; Drugs resistance; Avian Influenza; H5N1; Animal models.

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In vitro Evaluation of #Antifungal Drug #Combinations against #MDR #Candida auris isolates from #NY #Outbreak (Antimicrob Agents Chemother., abstract)

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In vitro Evaluation of Antifungal Drug Combinations against Multidrug-resistant Candida auris isolates from New York Outbreak

Brittany O’Brien, Sudha Chaturvedi, Vishnu Chaturvedi

DOI: 10.1128/AAC.02195-19

 

ABSTRACT

Since 2016, New York hospitals and healthcare facilities have faced an unprecedented outbreak of the pathogenic yeast Candida auris. We tested over one thousand C. auris isolates from affected facilities and found high-resistance to fluconazole (MIC > 256 mg/L), and variable resistance to other antifungal drugs. Therefore, we tested if two-drug combinations are effective in vitro against multidrug-resistant C. auris. Broth micro-dilution antifungal combination plates were custom-manufactured by TREK Diagnostic System. We used 100% inhibition endpoints for the drug combination as reported earlier for the intra- and inter-laboratory agreements against Candida species. The results were derived from 12,960 readings, for fifteen C. auris isolates tested against 864 two-drug antifungal combinations for nine antifungal drugs. Flucytosine (5FC) at 1.0 mg/L potentiated the most combinations. For nine C. auris isolates resistant to amphotericin B (AMB, MIC ≥ 2.0 mg/L]), AMB/5FC (0.25/1.0 mg/L) yielded 100% inhibition. Six C. auris isolates resistant to three echinocandins (anidulafungin [AFG, MIC ≥ 4.0 mg/L], caspofungin [CAS, MIC ≥ 2.0 mg/L], and micafungin [MFG, MIC ≥ 4.0 mg/L]), were 100% inhibited by AFG/5FC and CAS/5FC (0.0078/1 mg/L), and MFG/5FC (0.12/1 mg/L). None of the combinations were effective for C. auris 18-1 and 18-13 (FLC > 256 mg/L, 5FC > 32 mg/L) except MFG/5FC (0.1/0.006 mg/L). Thirteen isolates with high voriconazole MIC (VRC, > 2 mg/L) were 100% inhibited by the VRC/5FC (0.015/1 mg/L). The simplified two-drug combination susceptibility test format would permit laboratories to provide clinicians and public health experts with additional data to manage multidrug-resistant C. auris.

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Keywords: Drugs Resistance; Candida auris; USA.

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#Evolution of highly pathogenic #H7N3 #avian #influenza viruses in #Mexico (Zoonoses Public Health, abstract)

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Zoonoses Public Health. 2020 Jan 7. doi: 10.1111/zph.12673. [Epub ahead of print]

Evolution of highly pathogenic H7N3 avian influenza viruses in Mexico.

Trovão NS1, Talavera GA2, Nelson MI1, Perez de la Rosa JD3.

Author information: 1 Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. 2 Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Yucatán, Mexico. 3 Centro Nacional de Servicios de Constatación en Salud Animal (CENAPA), Morelos, Mexico.

 

Abstract

Highly pathogenic H7N3 influenza A viruses have persisted in poultry in Mexico since 2012, diversifying into multiple lineages that have spread to three Mexican states, as of 2016. The H7N3 viruses segregate into three distinct clades that are geographically structured. All 2016 viruses are resistant to adamantane antiviral drugs and have an extended 24-nucleotide insertion at the HA cleavage site that was acquired from host 28S ribosomal RNA.

Published 2020. This article is a U.S. Government work and is in the public domain in the USA.

KEYWORDS: BEAST; H7N3; H7N3 subtype; avian influenza virus; evolutionary dynamics; influenza in birds; phylogenetics

PMID: 31912652 DOI: 10.1111/zph.12673

Keywords: Avian Influenza; H7N3; Poultry; Mexico; Antivirals; Drugs Resistance; Amantadine.

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#NDM-β-Lactamase-5–Producing #Escherichia coli in Companion #Animals, #USA (Emerg Infect Dis., abstract)

[Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal, full page: (LINK). Abstract, edited.]

Volume 26, Number 2—February 2020 / Research Letter

New Delhi Metallo-β-Lactamase-5–Producing Escherichia coli in Companion Animals, United States

Stephen D. Cole, Laura Peak, Gregory H. Tyson, Renate Reimschuessel, Olgica Ceric, and Shelley C. Rankin

Author affiliations: University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (S.D. Cole, S.C. Rankin); Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana USA (L. Peak); US Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA (G.H. Tyson, R. Reimscheussel, O. Ceric)

 

Abstract

We report isolation of a New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase-5–producing carbapenem-resistant Escherichia coli sequence type 167 from companion animals in the United States. Reports of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae in companion animals are rare. We describe a unique cluster of blaNDM-5–producing E. coli in a veterinary hospital.

Keywords: Antibiotics; Drugs Resistance; Carbapenem; Beta-lactams; NDM1; USA.

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Novel Subclone of #Carbapenem-Resistant #Klebsiella pneumoniae Sequence Type 11 with Enhanced #Virulence and Transmissibility, #China (Emerg Infect Dis., abstract)

[Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal, full page: (LINK). Abstract, edited.]

Volume 26, Number 2—February 2020 / Research

Novel Subclone of Carbapenem-Resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae Sequence Type 11 with Enhanced Virulence and Transmissibility, China

Kai Zhou1, Tingting Xiao1, Sophia David1, Qin Wang, Yanzi Zhou, Lihua Guo, David Aanensen, Kathryn E. Holt, Nicholas R. Thomson, Hajo Grundmann2, Ping Shen2, and Yonghong Xiao2

Author affiliations: First Affiliated Hospital of Southern University of Science and Technology (Shenzhen People’s Hospital); Shenzhen, China (K. Zhou); The Second Clinical Medical College of Jinan University, Shenzhen (K. Zhou); Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China (T. Xiao, Q. Wang, Y. Zhou, L. Guo, P. Shen, Y. Xiao); Centre for Genomic Pathogen Surveillance, Cambridge, UK (S. David, D. Aanensen); University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (K.-E. Holt); London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK (K.E. Holt, N.R. Thomson); Wellcome Trust Sanger Centre, Cambridge (N.R. Thomson); University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany (H. Grundmann).

 

Abstract

We aimed to clarify the epidemiologic and clinical importance of evolutionary events that occurred in carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CRKP). We collected 203 CRKP causing bloodstream infections in a tertiary hospital in China during 2013–2017. We detected a subclonal shift in the dominant clone sequence type (ST) 11 CRKP in which the previously prevalent capsular loci (KL) 47 had been replaced by KL64 since 2016. Patients infected with ST11-KL64 CRKP had a significantly higher 30-day mortality rate than other CRKP-infected patients. Enhanced virulence was further evidenced by phenotypic tests. Phylogenetic reconstruction demonstrated that ST11-KL64 is derived from an ST11-KL47–like ancestor through recombination. We identified a pLVPK-like virulence plasmid carrying rmpA and peg-344 in ST11-KL64 exclusively from 2016 onward. The pLVPK-like–positive ST11-KL64 isolates exhibited enhanced environmental survival. Retrospective screening of a national collection identified ST11-KL64 in multiple regions. Targeted surveillance of this high-risk CRKP clone is urgently needed.

Keywords: Antibiotics; Drugs Resistance; Carbapenem; Klebsiella pneumoniae; China.

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Low-temperature #laminar #flow #ward for the #treatment of #MDR #Acinetobacter baumannii #pneumonia (Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis., abstract)

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Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2020 Jan 2. doi: 10.1007/s10096-019-03790-x. [Epub ahead of print]

Low-temperature laminar flow ward for the treatment of multidrug resistance Acinetobacter baumannii pneumonia.

Gong Z1,2, Li J, Luo H1,2, Zhan D2,3, Liu X1,2, Gao C1,2, Huang J1,2, Qian Y1,2, Song Y1,2, Quan W1,2, An S1,2, Tian Y1,2, Hu Z4, Sun J1,2, Yuan H5,6, Jiang R7,8.

Author information: 1 Department of Neurosurgery, Tianjin Medical University General Hospital, Tianjin, 300052, China. 2 Tianjin Neurological Institute, Key Laboratory of Post-neurotrauma Neuro-repair and Regeneration in Central Nervous System, Ministry of Education and Tianjin City, Tianjin, 300052, China. 3 Department of Pharmacy, Tianjin Medical University General Hospital, Tianjin Medical University, Tianjin, 300052, China. 4 Department of clinical laboratories, Tianjin Medical University General Hospital, Tianjin Medical University, Tianjin, 300052, China. 5 Tianjin Neurological Institute, Key Laboratory of Post-neurotrauma Neuro-repair and Regeneration in Central Nervous System, Ministry of Education and Tianjin City, Tianjin, 300052, China. hengjieyuan@163.com. 6 Department of Pharmacy, Tianjin Medical University General Hospital, Tianjin Medical University, Tianjin, 300052, China. hengjieyuan@163.com. 7 Department of Neurosurgery, Tianjin Medical University General Hospital, Tianjin, 300052, China. jiang116216@163.com. 8 Tianjin Neurological Institute, Key Laboratory of Post-neurotrauma Neuro-repair and Regeneration in Central Nervous System, Ministry of Education and Tianjin City, Tianjin, 300052, China. jiang116216@163.com.

 

Abstract

This study was designed to investigate the effect of low-temperature laminar flow ward (LTLFW) on the Acinetobacter baumannii pneumonia (MDR-ABP) in neurosurgical intensive care unit (NICU) patients. We evaluated whether patients in a LTLFW had significantly improved clinical outcomes as compared to those in nonconstant-temperature NICU (room temperature). The association of temperature with the prevalence of ABP and A. baumannii isolates (ABI) found in NICU patients was specifically investigated. In vitro microbiological experiments were conducted to measure the proliferation, antibiotic sensitivity, and genomic profiles of A. baumannii (AB) that grew in variable temperatures. MDR-ABP patients in LTLFW had significantly improved outcomes than those in the room temperature NICU. In addition, the numbers of ABI were positively associated with mean ambient outdoor temperatures (P = 0.002), with the incidence of ABP and average numbers of ABI among NICU patients being substantially lower in the winter as compared to other seasons. However, there were no significant seasonal variations in the other strains of the top five bacteria. Consistent with these clinical observations, AB growing at 20°C and 25°C had significantly reduced viability and antibiotic resistance compared to those growing at 35°C. The expression of genes related to AB survival ability, drug resistance, and virulence also differed between AB growing at 20°C and those at 35°C. LTLFW is effective in promoting the recovery of MDR-ABP patients because low temperatures reduced the density and virulence of AB and enhanced the efficacy of antibiotics, likely at the genetic level.

KEYWORDS: Acinetobacter baumannii; Pneumonia; Temperature; Treatment; Variation

PMID: 31898800 DOI: 10.1007/s10096-019-03790-x

Keywords: Antibiotics; Drugs Resistance; Acinetobacter baumannii; Nosocomial outbreaks; Pneumonia; Intensive care.

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Occurrence and #antibiogram of #Listeria monocytogenes Isolates from Retail #Meat #Shops at #Erbil City, #Kurdistan Region, #Iraq (Ital J Food Saf., abstract)

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Ital J Food Saf. 2019 Dec 5;8(4):8451. doi: 10.4081/ijfs.2019.8451. eCollection 2019 Dec 5.

Occurrence and antibiogram of Listeria monocytogenes Isolates from Retail Meat Shops at Erbil City, Kurdistan Region, Iraq.

Al-Mashhadany DA1.

Author information: 1 Department of Pathological Analysis, College of Science, Knowledge University, Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq.

 

Abstract

Listeria monocytogenes is well-known globally as one of the most significant foodborne bacterial pathogens. Listeriosis may trigger life-threatening illness, such as severe sepsis, meningitis, sometimes resulting in lifelong harm and even death. This study aimed to determine the occurrence and antibiotic resistance pattern of L. monocytogenes in red meats sold at retail outlets in Erbil city, Kurdistan region, Iraq. Three hundred and seventy-five (375) samples were aseptically collected from retail meat shops between July and December 2018. For isolation of L. monocytogenes, samples were cultured on selective media and tested for their susceptibility to common antibiotics by disk diffusion assay. The results revealed that the overall occurrence of L. monocytogenes in red meat samples was 13.9%. Warm season was associated with increase in L. monocytogenes occurrence. The results of antimicrobial susceptibility testing showed that 98.1%, 94.2%, and 82.7% of isolates were resistant to Streptomycin, Gentamicin, and Ampicillin respectively. This resistance pattern of L. monocytogenes is critically alarming owing to the aforementioned antibiotics are the drugs of choice of treatment of listeriosis. This level of resistance requires further investigations and effective countermeasures since it may pose a public health hazard.

©Copyright: the Author(s), 2019.

KEYWORDS: Antibiogram; Erbil City; Iraq; Kurdistan region; L. monocytogenes; Occurrence; Retail Meat

PMID: 31897400 PMCID: PMC6912135 DOI: 10.4081/ijfs.2019.8451

Keywords: Antibiotics; Drugs Resistance; Listeriosis; Food Safety; Iraq.

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