Drug resistance and plasmids of Bacillus isolated from locally fermented foods.

African journal of medicine and medical sciences

PubMedID: 7839890

Ebigwe SI, Olukoya DK. Drug resistance and plasmids of Bacillus isolated from locally fermented foods. Afr J Med Med Sci. 1993;22(2):13-7.
In an epidemiological survey of antibiotic resistance in this environment, Bacillus bacteria were isolated from commonly consumed fermented foods. The fifty strains isolated were tested for susceptibility to antibiotics and screened for the presence of plasmids. Majority (72%) were resistant to Cloxacillin and Penicillin (70%) while 40% harbour plasmids ranging from 3.0kb-36.3kb in molecular weight. A 4.6kb plasmid was found to be common to all plasmid-bearing strains. The implication for the epidemiology of antibiotic resistance is discussed.