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Korean Journal of Epidemiology 1999;21(2): 227-233.
Characteristics of Shigella sonnei Isolated in Kyungsangbuk-do in 1998: Biochemical Characteristics, Biotyping, Antibiotic Resistance Pattern, and Plasmid Profile.
Chang Kyu Sohn, Wan Huh, Doo Young Lee, Si Kyu Lim, Je Wook Lee, Byung Chun Kim, Wan Park
1Department of Microbiology, Kyungsangbuk-do Institute ofHealth and Environment.
2Department of Microbiology, Kyungpook National University.
Thirty nine strains and 109 strains of Shigella sonnei were isolated from the outbreaks of Youngchun and Kyungju, respectively, while 15 strains were isolated from sporadic cases of eight regions in Kyungbuk province from September to November in 1998. We investigated the relationship among the S. sonnei strains by using biochemical characteristics, biotyping, antibiotic resistance pattern, and plasmid profile. Among the isolates, seven strains of S. sonnei isolated in Youngchun showed gelatin hydrolyase positive but the others showed gelatin hydrolyase negative. One hundred and fifty two strains were a type, while eleven among thirty nine strains isolated in Youngchun were g type. Antibiotics resistance patterns of S. sonnei strains isolated in Youngchun and Kyungju were significantly different. Thirty nine strains of S. sonnei isolated in Youngchun were resistant to SM, TE, and TMP/SMX, while eighty six of S. sonnei among one hundred and nine strains isolated in Kyungju were resistant to AM, CB, K, SM, TE, and TMP/SMX. Antibiotics resistance patterns of residual twenty three isolates were similar to those of eighty six strains. The Plasmid profiles of strains of S. sonnei isolated from the Kyungju were different from those of S. sonnei strains isolated in Youngchun. The Plasmid profiles of S. sonnei strains isolated from Youngchun were identical to those of a S. sonnei strains randomly selected from the outbreak in Daegu in 1998. The Plasmid profiles of S. sonnei strains isolated from Kyungju were identical to those of two strains of S. sonnei randomly selected from the outbreaks of Kanglung and Wonju in 1998. From the above results, it is considered that the strains of S. sonnei isolated from Kyungju and Youngchun region are not identical clone.
Keywords: Shigella sonnei; Biotyping; Antibiotic resistance pattern; Plasmid profile
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