Managing #tuberculosis in the #Baltic states (Lancet Resp Med., summary)

[Source: Lancet Respiratory Medicine, full page: (LINK). Summary, edited.]

Managing tuberculosis in the Baltic states

Vijay Shankar Balakrishnan

Published: June 17, 2019 / DOI:


In March, WHO and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) jointly released the latest tuberculosis surveillance and monitoring report. The report included a mixture of good and bad news about the management of tuberculosis in the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania), which are in fierce competition to eliminate tuberculosis by 2030.



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Keywords: Tuberculosis; Public Health; Estonia; Lithuania; Latvia.


#Plasmid with #colistin #resistance #gene #mcr1 in #ESBL-producing #Escherichia coli strains isolated from #pig #slurry in #Estonia (AAC, abstract)

[Source: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, full page: (LINK). Abstract, edited.]

Plasmid with colistin resistance gene mcr-1 in ESBL-producing Escherichia coli strains isolated from pig slurry in Estonia

Age Brauer a, Kaidi Telling b, Mailis Laht c, Piret Kalmus d, Irja Lutsar b, Maido Remm a, Veljo Kisand c and Tanel Tenson c#

Author Affiliations: Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Tartu, Estonia a; Institute of Microbiology, University of Tartu, Estonia b; Institute of Technology, University of Tartu, Estonia c; Institute of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences, Estonian University of Life Sciences d



A plasmid carrying the colistine resistance gene mcr-1 was isolated from a pig slurry sample in Estonia. The gene was present on a 33 311 bp plasmid of IncX4 group. The mcr-1 is the only antibiotic resistance gene on the plasmid, the other genes coding mainly proteins involved in conjugative DNA transfer (taxA, taxB, taxC, trbM and the pilX operon). The plasmid, pESTMCR, was present in three phylogenetically very different Escherichia coli strains suggesting that it has high potential for horizontal transfer.



#Address correspondence to Tanel Tenson,

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Keywords: Research; Abstracts; Antibiotics; Drugs Resistance; Colistin; MCR1; Estonia; Pigs; E. Coli.