oa Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection - Antimicrobial susceptibility patterns of selected bacteraemic isolates from South African public sector hospitals, 2010 : surveillance data

Volume 26, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1015-8782
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1084



We report on antimicrobial susceptibility surveillance data for six key bloodstream pathogens ( spp., and ) identified in public sector hospitals in South Africa during 2010. Major findings include the accelerated emergence of carbapenem resistance among and species, with overall susceptibility rates of 98% and 96% for ertapenem, and above 99% for meropenem and imipenem. Levels of resistance among and remain high in all centres, with few changes since 2009. Large decreases in piperacillin-tazobactam susceptibility rates were noted at three institutions, probably related to methodological issues. remains a major pathogen countrywide, with between 30-60% of isolates resistant to cloxacillin [methicillin-resistant (MRSA)]. Ongoing surveillance for antimicrobial resistance is vital, and the use of a centralised data extraction system may aid in this.

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