Table 2 shows the serovars recovered, along with their source and geographical origin, date of isolation and corresponding susceptibility patterns. In all, 19 serovars were identified, with S. Uganda (n=19), Anatum (n=14), Braenderup (n=10) and Newport (n=10) predominating, followed by serovars Carrau (n=8), Infantis (n=7), Saintpaul (n=5), Muenchen (n=4) and Rubislaw Selleckchem PXD101 (n=3). Fresno, Javiana and Senftenberg serovars were represented by two isolates each. Single isolates belonging to serovars Adelaide, Bredeney, Derby, Gaminara, Salmonella enterica ssp. enterica 6,7:d:-, Minnesota,
and Typhimurium, were also identified in this collection. No Enteritidis serovars were recovered. The most common serovars implicated in human salmonellosis in Colombia are Enteritidis and Typhimurium (Munoz et al., 2006; Wiesner et al., 2006). However, serovars identified in this study have occasionally been implicated in salmonellosis
outbreaks worldwide (Lehmacher et al., 1995; Jones et al., 2004; Gupta et al., 2007; Lang, 2008). A summary of the resistance profiles obtained for each isolate against a panel of 15 antimicrobial compounds is shown in Table 3. Forty-six percent (n=40) were resistant to at least one antimicrobial agent. Tetracycline resistance was the most common resistance find more property encountered (18.3%, n=17), followed by ampicillin resistance (17.2%; n=16), and nalidixic acid resistance (14%; n=13). Multidrug-resistant isolates (defined as resistant to three or more different drug classes) constituted 4.3% of the collection (n=4). The emergence of quinolone
resistance together with reduced ciprofloxacin susceptibility in S. enterica is increasingly observed and constitutes a major concern because infections with such isolates may cause ciprofloxacin treatment failure (Dimitrov et al., 2007). While the frequency of quinolone resistance in Salmonella is growing worldwide, in this study, 14% of the isolates were resistant to nalidixic acid, a figure that could be considered high (Marimón et al., 2004; Stevenson et al., 2007). This corresponded to the data in the SENTRY Antimicrobial Surveillance program, which reported nalidixic acid resistance of 14% in Salmonella Teicoplanin spp. isolates from Latin America during the years 1997–2004, a figure more than twofold higher than that recorded in North America (Biedenbach et al., 2006). In the case of the isolates showing resistance to quinolone-based antimicrobial compounds, an MIC for nalidixic acid of 32 μg mL−1 was recorded for two isolates, 256 μg mL−1 for three, and 1024 μg mL−1 for eight isolates. Reduced susceptibility to ciprofloxacin was noted for all 13 isolates (ranging from 0.5 to 1 μg mL−1). A summary of the MIC data is presented in Table 4. A 2–16-fold decrease in the MIC of nalidixic acid was observed In the presence of PAβN, a known efflux pump inhibitor (Table 4) with six isolates showing a 4–16-fold decrease.