Plasmid Typing as an Epidemiological Tool
In National Institute of Public Health, studies on bacterial resistance to antibiotics started some twenty years ago with the surveillance of resistance in Salmonella. More recently, coordination of the surveillance of penicillinase- producing gonococci in The Netherlands was undertaken in our Institute. On a smaller scale, the incidence of resistance to clinically important antibiotics is surveilled in Ps. aeruginosa and H. influenzae. In all of these species resistance is predominantly plasmid mediated. So plasmid typing may provide an important epidemiological parameter.
KeywordsAgarose Electrophoresis Bacillus Pseudomonas Gentamicin
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