BMC Research Notes
Dog Diseases--epidemiology; Escherichia coli Infections--veterinary; Genes, Bacterial; Urinary Tract Infections--veterinary; Uropathogenic Escherichia coli--isolation & purification
Extraintestinal pathogenic E. coli (ExPEC) are common causative agents of urinary tract infections in humans. Dogs have been found to harbor ExPEC. This study tested stool samples from dogs (n = 16), the shoes of dog park visitors (n = 16) and the shoes of controls (n = 16) for ExPEC. Phenotypic resistance of isolates was characterized.
ExPEC were present in one-third of the dog stool samples, 9% of the samples from the shoes of dog park visitors and 6% of control samples. Half of the ExPEC isolates were multi-drug resistant.
The findings suggest that dogs may be an important source of antibiotic resistant ExPEC.
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Ahmed, L.N., Price, L.B., Graham, J.P. An exploratory study of dog park visits as a risk factor for exposure to drug-resistant extra-intestinal pathogenic E. coli (ExPEC). BMC Research Notes 8(1): 137. doi: 10.1186/s13104-015-1103-2