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Antimicrobial Susceptibility to Azithromycin among Salmonella enterica Isolates from the United States

Sjölund-Karlsson, Maria, Joyce, Kevin, Blickenstaff, Karen, Ball, Takiyah, Haro, Jovita, Medalla, Felicita M., Fedorka-Cray, Paula, Zhao, Shaohua, Crump, John A., Whichard, Jean M.
Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy 2011 v.55 no.9 pp. 3985-3989
Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica serovar Typhi, ampicillin, antibacterial properties, antibiotic resistance, azithromycin, bacterial contamination, chloramphenicol, food animals, food contamination, humans, meat, minimum inhibitory concentration, salmonellosis, serotypes, sulfamethoxazole, trimethoprim
Due to emerging resistance to traditional antimicrobial agents, such as ampicillin, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, and chloramphenicol, azithromycin is increasingly used for the treatment of invasive Salmonella infections. In the present study, 696 isolates of non-Typhi Salmonella collected from humans, food animals, and retail meats in the United States were investigated for antimicrobial susceptibility to azithromycin. Seventy-two Salmonella enterica serotype Typhi isolates from humans were also tested. For each isolate, MICs of azithromycin and 15 other antimicrobial agents were determined by broth microdilution. Among the non-Typhi Salmonella isolates, azithromycin MICs among human isolates ranged from 1 to 32 µg/ml, whereas the MICs among the animal and retail meat isolates ranged from 2 to 16 µg/ml and 4 to 16 µg/ml, respectively. Among Salmonella serotype Typhi isolates, the azithromycin MICs ranged from 4 to 16 µg/ml. The highest MIC observed in the present study was 32 µg/ml, and it was detected in three human isolates belonging to serotypes Kentucky, Montevideo, and Paratyphi A. Based on our findings, we propose an epidemiological cutoff value (ECOFF) for wild-type Salmonella of ≤16 µg/ml of azithromycin. The susceptibility data provided could be used in combination with clinical outcome data to determine tentative clinical breakpoints for azithromycin and Salmonella enterica.