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High-Frequency Recovery Of Quinupristin-Dalfopristin-Resistant Enterococcus Faecium Isolates From The Poultry Production Environment

Joshua R. Hayes, Angela C. McIntosh, Sadaf Qaiyumi, Judith A. Johnson, Linda L. English, Lewis E. Carr, David D. Wagner, Sam W. Joseph

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ABSTRACT The occurrence of resistance to the streptogramin quinupristin-dalfopristin in Enterococcus faecium isolates from chickens on the Eastern Seaboard, was evaluated. Quinupristin-dalfopristin resistance was found in 51 to 78% of E. faecium isolates from the food production environment. The high level of resistance in this organism suggests that this reservoir of resistance may compromise the therapeutic potential of quinupristin-dalfopristin.