Advances in Animal and Veterinary Sciences

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Adv. Anim. Vet. Sci. 2 (5): 292 - 295
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Bhoj Raj Singh1*, Raj Karan singh2, Vidya Singh3
1Division of Epidemiology, Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar–243 122, India; 2Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Porba, National Research Centre on Mithun, Jharnapani–797 106, India; 3National research Centre on Mithun, Jharnapani–797 106, India
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Isolation of multiple drug resistant (MDR) bacteria with potential of extended spectrum β–lactamases (ESBL) and carbapenemase production from vaginal swabs of apparently healthy swamp buffaloes is reported for the first time. A total of 57 bacterial isolates belonging to 18 species were isolated from vaginal swabs of apparently healthy swamp buffaloes. Escherichia coli was the most common bacteria isolated from 68% samples followed by Enterobacter agglomerans (32%), Klebsiella pneumoniae (16%), Erwinia amylovora (16%), Aeromonas media (12%), Alkaligenes denitrificans (12%) and Aeromonas hydrophila (8%). A total of 35.1 % isolates had MDR and 14 isolates were phenotypically confirmed as producer of crabapenemase or ESBL. Resistance to ampicillin was the most common (68.4%) followed by resistance to ceftazidime (33.3%), nitrofurantoin (31.6%) and cotrimoxazole (21.1%). Resistance to imipenem, aztreonam and ceftazidime + clavulanic acid was detected in 5, 5 and 9 isolates, respectively. The study conclude that vagina of swamp buffaloes may carry several microbes having multiple drug resistance without any apparent illness.

Key Words: Escherichia coli, Enterobacter agglomerans, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Erwinia amylovora, Aeromonas media, Alkaligenes denitrificans, Aeromonas hydrophila.