Antimicrobial resistance profile of Klebsiella pneumoniae isolated from domestic and wild animals

ABSTRACT Klebsiella pneumoniae is an opportunistic pathogen responsible for several types of nosocomial infections and is considered a multiresistant microorganism. Data in the literature that provide information regarding the resistance of this microorganism to antimicrobials in animal samples are scarce. Thus, the objective of this work was to evaluate the profile and its increase of antimicrobial resistance within Veterinary Medicine. A total of 67 K. pneumoniae isolates from different domestic (39/67) and wild (28/67) isolation sites were confirmed by sequencing the 16S rRNA gene. The highest percentage of K. pneumoniae isolation was from urine samples with 16% (11/67), faeces 15% (10/67) and lung 13.5% (09/67). In the resistance profile, 11 categories of antibiotics were tested, with the highest resistance to metronidazole being 97% (65/67), ampicillin 94% (63/67), amoxicillin 93% (62/67), sulfonamides 93% (62 / 67), 93% colistin (62/67), and 88% nitrofurantoin (59/67). The ones with the lowest resistance were: meropenem 3% (2/67), imipenem 6% (4/67) and amikacin 16% (11/67). All isolates were considered multiresistant bacteria (MDR), with the Multiple Resistance to Antibiotics Index (IRMA) ranging from 0.15 to 0.85 and with 60 types of resistance patterns. The result of this study reinforces that the animals are reservoirs of multiresistant K. pneumoniae.