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Fecal Carriage of Extended‐Spectrum β‐Lactamase–Producing Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae in Patients and Asymptomatic Healthy Individuals

Abdulrahman Abdulla Kader , MSc, FRCPath, Angamuthu Kumar , MD, ABMM and Katapadi Ananthkrishna Kamath , BSc
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 28, No. 9 (September 2007), pp. 1114-1116
DOI: 10.1086/519865
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/519865
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Fecal Carriage of Extended‐Spectrum β‐Lactamase–Producing Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae in Patients and Asymptomatic Healthy Individuals
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Abstract

Fecal carriage of extended‐spectrum β‐lactamase (ESBL)‐producing organisms was assessed in 272 inpatients, 162 outpatients, and 426 asymptomatic healthy individuals. Of 860 stool samples cultured, 152 (17.7%) yielded ESBL‐producing organisms. Isolates were recovered from 71 (26.1%) of the inpatients, 25 (15.4%) of the outpatients, and 56 (13.1%) of the healthy individuals. These findings suggest that the community could be a reservoir of ESBL‐producing organisms.

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