Antimicrobial resistance in swine respiratory bacterial pathogens in the USA

On this Monday morning, we would like to share with you this article published in Research in Veterinary Science by PhD-candidate Shivdeep Hayer advised by Dr. Julio Alvarez. The peer-reviewed publication is a summary of antimicrobial resistances (AMR) in swine respiratory isolates between 2006 and 2016.

Highlights

  • AMR data for bacterial swine pathogens associated with Swine Respiratory Disease Complex are lacking
  • AMR data on swine bacterial pathogens collected over 11 years in the U.S.A was analyzed for changes in AMR prevalence
  • AMR in S. suis and P. multocida isolates mostly remained low
  • There were statistically significant changes in AMR in A. suis and H. parasuis
  • Use of surrogate breakpoints can lead to different AMR estimates for certain bacteria
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Effect of Single Dose of Antimicrobial Administration at Birth on Fecal Microbiota Development and Prevalence of Antimicrobial Resistance Genes in Piglets

It is the end of the year and to celebrate, here is one of the favorite Science Pages of the year, from Dr. Lowe’s team at the University of Illinois.

Keypoints

  • Early life antimicrobial prophylaxis had no effect on individual weight gain, or mortality but it was associated with minor shifts in the composition of fecal microbiota and noticeable changes in the abundance of selected Antimicrobial Resistant Genes
  • The shifts in fecal microbiota structure caused by perinatal antimicrobial intervention are modest and limited to particular groups of microbial taxa
  • Early life PPG and TUL intervention could promote the selection of Anrimicrobial Resistant Genes in herds
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Effect of Single Dose of Antimicrobial Administration at Birth on Fecal Microbiota Development and Prevalence of Antimicrobial Resistance Genes in Piglets

This week’s Science Page presents the results of a project done by Zeineldin et al. from Dr. Jim Lowe’s program at the University of Illinois.

Keypoints

  • Early life antimicrobial prophylaxis had no effect on individual weight gain, or mortality but it was associated with minor shifts in the composition of fecal microbiota and noticeable changes in the abundance of selected Antimicrobial Resistant Genes
  • The shifts in fecal microbiota structure caused by perinatal antimicrobial intervention are modest and limited to particular groups of microbial taxa
  • Early life PPG and TUL intervention could promote the selection of Anrimicrobial Resistant Genes in herds
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Best of Leman 2018 series #6: M. Costa – Guts and bugs: understanding colitis to fight AMR

Our sixth presentation is by Dr. Matheus Costa, our newest colleague in the swine group, about his work on colitis and antimicrobial resistance when he was working at the University of Saskatchewan.

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Antimicrobial Resistance Projects: Towards Antimicrobial Stewardship

This article was written by Drs. CJ Gebhart, KE Olsen and JL Torrison from the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, University of Minnesota.

The emergence of antimicrobial resistance in humans, animals and the environment is a major global public health threat to both human and veterinary medicine.  Efforts to address this important issue involve government, industry, academia, and most notably, veterinary diagnostic laboratories (VDLs).  These efforts include surveillance to assess the extent resistance in human and animal pathogens and the development of policies to monitor and control antimicrobial resistance.

A collaborative effort involving the stakeholders listed above is the key to addressing this emerging threat of antimicrobial resistance and VDLs play major roles in these collaborative efforts.  As reported in a Commentary by GK Hendrix in the Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation in 2018, VDLs are the “nexus in the battle against antimicrobial resistance” (1). The University of Minnesota VDL Bacteriology Section performs almost 30,000 bacterial cultures annually, and most of the pathogenic isolates are archived for future use.  These uses include further testing (subtyping, virulence gene assays, serotyping, etc.), use in disease control efforts (autogenous vaccines, etc.), various research projects, and surveillance studies.  Almost 5,000 of these pathogenic bacteria are subjected to antimicrobial resistance testing annually, and these antimicrobial minimum inhibitory concentration data are archived for decades for further use.

Performing one of many antimicrobial susceptibility tests in the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Bacteriology Section.

For our part in this aforementioned collaborative effort in antimicrobial stewardship, the University of Minnesota VDL is actively involved in two collaborative government-organized antimicrobial resistance projects as well as several collaborative academic research projects on antimicrobial resistance.  The common goal of the collaborative government projects is to determine the population and distribution of resistant bacteria in the U.S. 

The first of these projects is the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) project (2).  This project has 19 AAVLD-accredited laboratories throughout the U.S. and Canada participating with the objective of monitoring antimicrobial resistance profiles in animal pathogens routinely isolated from VDLs.  Ultimately, this project will result in a national centralized data collection and reporting process, using harmonized methods and antimicrobial resistance interpretation and reporting standards.  It aims to monitor data for trends in antimicrobial resistance phenotypes (and eventually genotypes) by identifying new or emerging resistance profiles, monitoring usefulness of antimicrobials over time, and reporting these trends to facilitate antimicrobial stewardship efforts. 

This USDA project began in January, 2018, and initially involved collection of isolates and antimicrobial resistance data from Escherischia coli (all species), Salmonella enterica (all species), Mannheimia haemolytica (cattle) and Staphylococcus intermedius group (companion animals) from routine VDL submissions.  A target of about 3,000 isolates will be collected from the participating VDLs annually and archived for further testing.  The antimicrobial testing data will be tracked and stored by USDA for each isolate and an annual report will be prepared for stakeholders.  This report will include antimicrobial resistance trends for antibiotics important for human and animal health and the distribution of minimum inhibitory concentrations for each antimicrobial monitored for each bacterial pathogen for each animal species included in the study.

The second of these collaborative antimicrobial resistance projects is the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary-Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN) project (3). This project has 21 AAVLD-accredited laboratories participating with the objective of performing surveillance of antimicrobial susceptibility testing results and whole genome sequencing of pathogens from the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System scope of interest (4). 

This FDA project began in January, 2017, and initially involved collection of isolates and data for three zoonotic bacterial pathogens, with several other bacterial species added to the project in July, 2018.  About 2,000 isolates have been collected since project inception, and the FDA has randomly selected about 200 of these isolates for whole genome sequencing.  The remaining isolates have been archived for future studies.  As an additional benefit related to this project, the University of Minnesota VDL received funds from FDA to purchase an Illumina iSeq Sequencer and participate in a collaborative project designed to increase the number and capabilities of network laboratories involved in the whole genome sequencing portion of this FDA project.  Standardization and harmonization of these bacterial genome sequencing abilities among participating laboratories is further designed to increase the network capacity and facilitate future outbreak investigations.

In summary, in support of antimicrobial stewardship efforts, the University of Minnesota VDL Bacteriology Section provides clinical isolates and antimicrobial susceptibility testing data for two collaborative government-initiated projects, one in collaboration with the USDA and the other with the FDA.  Further, the VDL as a whole provides leadership in antimicrobial stewardship on a daily basis, cooperating with disease outbreak investigations, collaborating with academic and industrial researchers, and educating veterinarians, clients and the public on issues of antimicrobial stewardship (1).

References

1.  Hendrix, GK. 2018.  The Role of Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories in the Fight Against Antimicrobial Resistance

2.  USDA. 2018. USDA’s Role in Combatting Antimicrobial Resistance. 

3.  FDA. 2018.  Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network