Emerging Infectious Diseases (Mar 2017)

Zoonotic Transmission of mcr-1 Colistin Resistance Gene from Small-Scale Poultry Farms, Vietnam

  • Nguyen Vinh Trung,
  • Sébastien Matamoros,
  • Juan J. Carrique-Mas,
  • Nguyen Huu Nghia,
  • Nguyen Thi Nhung,
  • Tran Thi Bich Chieu,
  • Ho Huynh Mai,
  • Willemien van Rooijen,
  • James Campbell,
  • Jaap A. Wagenaar,
  • Anita Hardon,
  • Nguyen Thi Nhu Mai,
  • Thai Quoc Hieu,
  • Guy Thwaites,
  • Menno D. de Jong,
  • Constance Schultsz,
  • Ngo Thi Hoa

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 23, no. 3
pp. 529 – 532


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We investigated the consequences of colistin use in backyard chicken farms in Vietnam by examining the prevalence of mcr-1 in fecal samples from chickens and humans. Detection of mcr-1–carrying bacteria in chicken samples was associated with colistin use and detection in human samples with exposure to mcr-1–positive chickens.