An exploratory study of dog park visits as a risk factor for exposure to drug-resistant extra-intestinal pathogenic E. coli (ExPEC) Public Health

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Background: Extraintestinal pathogenic E. coli (ExPEC) are common causative agents of urinary tract infections in humans. Dogs have been found to harbor ExPEC. This study tested stool samples from dogs (n∈=∈16), the shoes of dog park visitors (n∈=∈16) and the shoes of controls (n∈=∈16) for ExPEC. Phenotypic resistance of isolates was characterized. Findings: ExPEC were present in one-third of the dog stool samples, 9% of the samples from the shoes of dog park visitors and 6% of control samples. Half of the ExPEC isolates were multi-drug resistant. Discussion: The findings suggest that dogs may be an important source of antibiotic resistant ExPEC.

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Ahmed, L. N., Price, L. B., & Graham, J. P. (2015). An exploratory study of dog park visits as a risk factor for exposure to drug-resistant extra-intestinal pathogenic E. coli (ExPEC) Public Health. BMC Research Notes, 8(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13104-015-1103-2

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