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Zoological Research
Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
ISSN: 2095-8137
Vol. 38, No. 2, 2017, pp. 55-80
Bioline Code: zr17008
Full paper language: English
Document type: Review Article
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Zoological Research, Vol. 38, No. 2, 2017, pp. 55-80

 en The role of wildlife (wild birds) in the global transmission of antimicrobial resistance genes
Wang, Jing; Ma, Zhen-Bao,; Zeng, Zhen-Ling; Yang, Xue-Wen; Huang, Ying & Liu, Jian-Hua

Abstract

Antimicrobial resistance is an urgent global health challenge in human and veterinary medicine. Wild animals are not directly exposed to clinically relevant antibiotics; however, antibacterial resistance in wild animals has been increasingly reported worldwide in parallel to the situation in human and veterinary medicine. This underlies the complexity of bacterial resistance in wild animals and the possible interspecies transmission between humans, domestic animals, the environment, and wildlife. This review summarizes the current data on expanded-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL), AmpC β-lactamase, carbapenemase, and colistin resistance genes in Enterobacteriaceae isolates of wildlife origin. The aim of this review is to better understand the important role of wild animals as reservoirs and vectors in the global dissemination of crucial clinical antibacterial resistance. In this regard, continued surveillance is urgently needed worldwide.

Keywords
AmpC; ESBLs; IMP, mcr-1; NDM; Wild birds

 
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