Pseudomonas aeruginosa: the history of one of the most successful nosocomial pathogens in Russian hospitals

Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. 2018; 20(3):164-171

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Pseudomonas aeruginosa is recognized as one of the six most important pathogens in terms of antimicrobial resistance («ESKAPE» pathogens), and included by WHO in the group of microorganisms for which the need for development of new antimicrobial agents is crucial. In 2015, P. aeruginosa was the second (after Klebsiella spp.) most common nosocomial bacterial pathogen in Russia with the following resistance rates: amikacin – 45.2%, imipenem – 51.5%, meropenem – 53.3%, colistin – 2.2%, piperacillin/tazobactam – 61.4%, ceftazidime – 56.8%, ciprofloxacin – 61.2%. The majority of carbapenemase-producing isolates in Russia belong to the two epidemic lineages – CC235 and CC654.

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