Results from the Survey of Antibiotic Resistance (SOAR) 2009–11 and 2013–14 in China

April 5, 2016 at 7:55 pm

Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy May 2016 V.71 Suppl 1 i33-i43

Hu, D. Zhu, F. Wang, I. Morrissey, J. Wang, and D. Torumkuney

1Institute of Antibiotics, Huashan Hospital, Fudan University, Building No. 6, 12 Middle Urumqi Road, Shanghai, China

2Key Laboratory of Clinical Pharmacology of Antibiotics, Ministry of Health, Building No. 6, 12 Middle Urumqi Road, Shanghai, China

3IHMA Europe Sàrl, 9A route de la Corniche, Epalinges 1066, Switzerland

4GlaxoSmithKline, The Headquarters Building, No. 168 Middle Tibet Road, Shanghai 200001, China

5GlaxoSmithKline, 980 Great West Road, Brentford, Middlesex TW8 9GS, UK


To compare antibiotic susceptibility of community-acquired respiratory bacteria in China during 2009–11 and 2013–14.


Susceptibility was determined by Etest® (bioMérieux) or disc diffusion according to CLSI, EUCAST and pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) breakpoints, except for azithromycin where Etest® breakpoints (in CO2 incubation) were used in place of standard CLSI breakpoints. Statistical significance of differences in susceptibility across time periods was evaluated using Fisher’s exact test.


During 2009–11, 434 Streptococcus pneumoniae, 307 Haemophilus influenzae and 140 Moraxella catarrhalis were collected from eight centres and during 2013–14, 208 S. pneumoniae, 185 H. influenzae and 80 M. catarrhalis were collected from five centres. Penicillin-non-susceptible isolates remained stable at ∼66% over both time periods but susceptibility decreased significantly for amoxicillin/clavulanic acid (or amoxicillin) and cefaclor. For H. influenzae, the proportion of β-lactamase-positive isolates and β-lactamase-negative ampicillin-resistant strains (CLSI definition) was higher in 2013–14 (25.4% and 7.0%, respectively) than in 2009–11 (16.3% and 3.6%, respectively), with decreased ampicillin and cephalosporin susceptibility. By 2009–11 and 2013–14, only amoxicillin/clavulanic acid (amoxicillin), levofloxacin, penicillin (intravenously) and chloramphenicol inhibited >70% of S. pneumoniae. During 2013–14, M. catarrhalis showed increasing resistance, with cefaclor and levofloxacin susceptibility decreasing significantly. However, amoxicillin/clavulanic acid, cefuroxime and levofloxacin continued to inhibit >90% of isolates.


On the whole, antimicrobial susceptibility decreased in China between 2009–11 and 2013–14. In 2013–14, amoxicillin/clavulanic acid, levofloxacin and chloramphenicol were the most active antibacterial agents tested against community-acquired respiratory pathogens when assessed by CLSI, EUCAST or PK/PD breakpoints. Resistance to other antibacterials in China was generally high. Our data demonstrate the need to harmonize breakpoints for these pathogens.




Entry filed under: Antimicrobianos, Bacterias, Bacteriemias, Epidemiología, Infecciones respiratorias, Metodos diagnosticos, Resistencia bacteriana.

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