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Featured in NEJM Journal Watch: Drug-Resistant E. coli Abundant in Hospital Sewage — Physician’s First Watch

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June 20, 2014

Featured in NEJM Journal Watch: Drug-Resistant E. coli Abundant in Hospital Sewage

By the NEJM Journal Watch Editors

The overall concentration of Escherichia coli was about half as high in hospital wastewater as in general urban wastewater, but the concentration of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase–producing E. coli in hospital wastewater was >30-fold higher, according to a study in Clinical Infectious Diseases. Individual isolates were more resistant, particularly to ceftazidime and ofloxacin.

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