Prevalence of multidrug resistant Shigella isolated in Malaysia

Thong, Kwai Lin and Hoe, C.H. and Koh, Y.T. and Yasin, R.M. (2002) Prevalence of multidrug resistant Shigella isolated in Malaysia. Journal of Health and Population Nutrition, 20 (4). pp. 356-358. ISSN 1606-0997

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Abstract

Shigellosis, a disease caused by Shigella spp., is endemic in Malaysia. Its low infective dose and ease of spread through person-to-person transmission by the faecal-oral route make this infection difficult to control in outbreak situations. Antimicrobial therapy is recommended for shigellosis because it can shorten the severity and duration of illness, reduce shedding of the organism, and prevent secondary complications and deaths. However, due to the global emergence of drug resistance, the choices of antimicrobial agents for empiric therapy for shigellosis are now limited. Although antimicrobial resistance of Shigella spp. is well-documented in many countries (2-4), there is a lack of such documentation in Malaysia. Hence, the study was undertaken to determine the antimicrobial resistance patterns of the Malaysian strains of Shigella spp. This study, to the best of our knowledge, is the first report on the antimicrobial resistance of Shigella spp. in Malaysia.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
Uncontrolled Keywords: Multidrug; Resistant; Shigella; Malaysia
Subjects: Q Science > QR Microbiology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Institute of Biological Sciences
Depositing User: Prof. Dr Kwai Lin Thong
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2014 04:18
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2018 06:33
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/9970

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