Serotype distribution and antimicrobial resistance of salmonella isolates in Korea between 2016 and 2017

Si Hyun Kim, Gyung Hye Sung, Eun Hee Park, In Yeong Hwang, Gyu Ri Kim, Sae Am Song, Hae Kyung Lee, Young Uh, Young Ah Kim, Seok Hoon Jeong, Jong Hee Shin, Kyeong Seob Shin, Jaehyeon Lee, Joseph Jeong, Young Ree Kim, Dongeun Yong, Miae Lee, Yu Kyung Kim, Nam Hee Ryoo, Seungok LeeJayoung Kim, Sunjoo Kim, Hyun Soo Kim, Jeong Hwan Shin

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Salmonella is one of the major causes of food-borne infections. We investigated the serotype distribution and antimicrobial resistance of Salmonella isolates collected in Korea between January 2016 and December 2017. In total, 669 Salmonella isolates were collected from clinical specimens at 19 university hospitals. Serotyping was performed according to the Kauffmann–White scheme, and antimicrobial susceptibility was tested using Sensititre EUVSEC plates or disk diffusion. Among the strains, C (39.8%) and B (36.6%) were the most prevalent serogroups. In total, 51 serotypes were identified, and common serotypes were S. enterica serovar I 4,[5],12:i:- (16.7%), S. Enteritidis (16.1%), S. Bareilly (14.6%), S. Typhimurium (9.9%), and S. Infantis (6.9%). The resistance rates to ampicillin, chloramphenicol, and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole were 32.6%, 12.1%, and 8.4%, respectively. The resistance rates to cefotaxime and ciprofloxacin were 8.1% and 3.0%, respectively, while 5.4% were multidrug-resistant. S. enterica serovar I 4,[5],12:i:- and S. Enteritidis were highly prevalent, and there was an increase in rare serotypes. Multidrug resistance and ciprofloxacin resistance were highly prevalent. Periodic investigations of Salmonella serotypes and antimicrobial resistance are needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268-273
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of Laboratory Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2021

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  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Salmonella
  • Serotyping


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