Shigella spp. with reduced azithromycin susceptibility, Quebec, Canada, 2012-2013.
In December 2012, the microbiology laboratory of the Centre Hospitalier de l'Universite de Montreal-Hopital Saint-Luc identified Shigella spp. with reduced susceptibility to azithromycin from 2 patients who had received this agent as treatment for shigellosis. The Montreal Public Health Department and Laboratoire de Sante Publique du Quebec (LSPQ) were alerted. Retrospective and prospective laboratory surveillance was initiated to cover the period January 2011-April 2013. Laboratories routinely report shigellosis to the Montreal Public Health Department (Quebec, Canada).
Phenotypic identification of all Shigella spp. at the genus and species levels (8) was confirmed at LSPQ as described (9), after which serologic identification by slide agglutination (Denka Seiken Co., Ltd, Coventry, UK) was performed. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) was performed at LSPQ according to international standards set by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (10). Pulse types were determined by Shigella species, serotypes, and PFGE patterns. All Shigella spp. isolated during 2011-2013 underwent susceptibility testing for ampicillin, trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole, and ceftriaxone by use of Vitek 2 (bioMerieux, Marcy l'Etoile, France) and for azithromycin and ciprofloxacin by use of Etest (AB Biodisk, Solna, Sweden). Shigella spp. with elevated MICs for azithromycin were also tested by disk diffusion for 30 [micro]g nalidixic acid and by Etest for tetracycline and chloramphenicol. Vitek 2 and Etest susceptibility testing was performed as recommended by the manufacturers, and quality control strains gave expected results. The mph(A) gene, which codes for the macrolide 2'-phosphotransferase, was detected by PCR, as described (11).
After receiving ethics approval from the Centre Hospitalier de l'Universite de Montreal-Hopital Saint-Luc, we reviewed hospital charts and public health investigation files of patients who were harboring Shigella spp. with decreased susceptibility to azithromycin. Differences were analyzed by using the Fisher exact 2-tailed test with Epi Info software, version 6.0 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA). Statistical significance was set at p<0.05.
From January 1, 2011, through April 30, 2013, a total of 45 patients were infected by 46 Shigella spp. strains isolated from fecal samples, including 2 also isolated from blood. A total of 33 Shigella spp. isolates were acquired locally by 33 men, and 13 Shigella spp. isolates were acquired abroad, outside Canada, in the week before symptom onset, by 6 men and 7 women (p = 0.00003).
From January 2012 through April 2013, infection with 4 Shigella spp. pulse types with decreased azithromycin susceptibility was locally acquired by 9 patients (mean age 45 years, range 29-55 years) (Tables 1, 2). Among these patients, 1 HIV-positive man was infected successively with 2 Shigella species with reduced azithromycin susceptibility, 11 months apart, resulting in a total of 10 infections (Figure). All 9 men reported having had sex with men, and 7 were HIV positive. CD4 cell counts were 320 x [10.sup.6] cells/L for 1 HIV-positive patient and 420-540' [10.sup.6] cells/L for the other 6. HIV viral load was <40 copies/ mL for 3 of the 6 patients for whom data were available and 58-90,074 copies/mL for the other 3. During the previous 6 years, 7 men for whom these data were available had experienced 1-7 (median 4) other sexually transmitted diseases. Of the 9 men, 4 reported use of sex venues and none had worked in daycare centers or as a food handler. All 9 patients received follow-up care at medical clinics outside the hospital, but 4 patients received care at the emergency room for 24-48 hours. For treatment, 4 patients received ciprofloxacin and 2 received azithromycin; antimicrobial drug treatment is unknown for the other 3 patients. For these 9 men, information was unknown with regard to receipt of azithromycin before illness onset, clinical outcome data, and antimicrobial drug treatment failure. Among the Shigella pulse types with reduced susceptibility to azithromycin, 2 originated from outbreaks among MSM (Figure), which are being investigated by Quebec public health departments and LSPQ.
During the 2011-2013 surveillance period, azithromycin MICs for 35 of 36 Shigella spp. isolates with no reduced azithromycin susceptibility were 2-8 mg/L, and the MIC for 1 isolate was 16 mg/L; this latter isolate was negative by PCR for mph(A), and the other 35 isolates were not tested. The 10 Shigella spp. isolates with reduced azithromycin susceptibility had azithromycin MICs [greater than or equal to]64 mg/L and were positive for the mph(A) gene by PCR. The 3 S. flexneri and 1 S. sonnei pulse types were susceptible to nalidixic acid, ciprofloxacin, and ceftriaxone (Table 2); 3 pulse types were resistant to ampicillin, trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole, or chloramphenicol; and 4 pulse types were resistant to tetracycline (Table 2). During 2012-2013, Shigella spp. with reduced azithromycin susceptibility represented 57.1% of 7 locally acquired pulse types (data not shown). Pulse-Net Canada XbaI and BlnI pattern designations were SFXXAI.0205/SFXBNI.0092 and SFXXAI.0204/SFXBNI.0093 for S. flexneri serotype 2a pulsovars 15 and 16, respectively; SFXXAI.0193/SFXBNI.0084 for S. flexneri serotype 3a pulsovar 6; SSOXAI.0395/SS0BNI.0020 for S. sonnei pulsovar 101; and SSOXAI.0174/SSOBNI.0176 for S. sonnei pulsovar 105. No PFGE matches were identified in isolates from other Canada provinces.
During 2012-2013, at the Centre Hospitalier de l'Universite de Montreal-Hopital Saint-Luc, 10 infections with 1 of the 4 Shigella spp. pulse types with reduced azithromycin susceptibility were documented for 9 MSM, 7 of whom were HIV positive. These 4 locally acquired Shigella pulse types had increased azithromycin MICs of [greater than or equal to]64 mg/L and were positive by PCR for mph(A). This gene, which encodes macrolide-inactivating 2'-phosphotransferase, occurs on various plasmids (7). It has been documented in many aerobic gram-negative rods, such as Escherichia coli and Shigella spp. (14). This gene was harbored by all Shigella spp. with azithromycin MICs >16 mg/L (7,13-15). Azithromycin treatment failure has been reported for patients who received this drug for infection with such isolates (14). In our study, the acquisition of this gene by >50% of locally acquired Shigella spp. pulse types, infecting MSM over 15 months, is a concern in view of the potentially rapid development of reduced Shigella spp. susceptibility to azithromycin. For facilitation of clinical decision making and surveillance, azithromycin susceptibility break points for Enterobacteriaceae should be standardized (12). MSM should be counseled about prevention of enteric sexually transmitted infections; prevention measures include handwashing and using barriers during oral, anal, and genital sex (2,3). Such counseling might lead to behavior changes that might help slow the transmission of enteric sexually transmitted infections, including Shigella spp. infections with reduced azithromycin susceptibility.
We thank Cecile Tremblay, Robert Allard, and Ovid M. Da Silva for editorial work on the manuscript.
Dr Gaudreau is a clinical microbiologist and infectious diseases physician at Centre Hospitalier de l'Universite de Montreal-Hopital Saint-Luc in Montreal and a clinical titular professor at the Departement de Microbiologie, Infectiologie et Immunologie de l'Universite de Montreal. Her main research interests are epidemiology and antimicrobial drug susceptibility of enteric bacteria.
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Christiane Gaudreau, Sapha Barkati, Jean-Michel Leduc, Pierre A. Pilon, Julie Favreau, and Sadjia Bekal
Author affiliations: Centre Hospitalier de l'Universite de Montreal-Hopital Saint-Luc, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (C. Gaudreau, S. Barkati, J.-M. Leduc, J. Favreau); Universite de Montreal, Montreal (C. Gaudreau, S. Barkati, J.-M. Leduc, P.A. Pilon, S. Bekal); Agence de la Sante et des Services Sociaux de Montreal-Sante Publique, Montreal (P.A. Pilon); and Laboratoire de Sante Publique du Quebec/Institut National de Sante Publique du Quebec, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, Canada (C. Gaudreau, S. Bekal)
Address for correspondence: Christiane Gaudreau, Microbiologie Medicale et Infectiologie, CHUM-Hopital Saint-Luc, 1058 rue SaintDenis, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H2X 3J4; email: christiane.gaudreau. email@example.com
Table 1. Azithromycin susceptibility of 26 Shigella spp. isolates from 25 patients, Centre Hospitalier de l'Universite de Montreal-Hopital Saint-Luc, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 2012-April 2013 * Azithromycin No. infections No. infections susceptibility acquired locally acquired abroad Reduced 10 0 Susceptible 7 9 * p = 0.0039. All patients with locally-acquired Shigella and 3 patients with Shigella infections acquired abroad were men. One patient was infected successively with 2 Shigella species with reduced azithromycin susceptibility. For all patients infected with Shigella spp. with decreased azithromycin susceptibility, the strains were isolated from feces and none from blood. Table 2. Characteristics and antimicrobial susceptibility of 4 Shigella isolates with reduced azithromycin susceptibility, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 2012-April 2013 * Shigella ST PV ([dagger]) AZM, mg/L AMP, mg/L species ([double dagger]) S. flexneri 2a 15 256 [less than or equal to] 2 (S) S. flexneri 2a 16 64 [greater than or equal to] 32 (R) S. flexneri 3a 6 >256 [greater than or equal to] 32 (R) S. sonnei -- 101, 105 >256 [greater than or ([section]) equal to] 32 (R) Shigella TMP/SMX, mg/L CIP CRO, mg/L species mg/L S. flexneri [greater than or 0.016 [less than or equal to] 320 (R) equal to] 1 S. flexneri [greater than or 0.016 [less than or equal to] 320 (R) equal to] 1 S. flexneri [less than or 0.016 [less than or equal to] 20 (S) equal to] 1 S. sonnei [greater than or 0.016 [less than or equal to] 320 (R) equal to] 1 Shigella TET, mg/L CHL, mg/L NAL mm species S. flexneri [greater than or 0.5 (S) 27 equal to] 128 S. flexneri [greater than or 128 (R) 27 equal to] 128 S. flexneri [greater than or >256 (R) 24-28 equal to] 128 S. sonnei [greater than or >256 (R) 23-27 equal to] 128 * The susceptibility and resistance break points for AMP, CIP, TMP/SMX, CRO, TET, CHL, and NAL were Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute Enterobacteriaceae break points (12). ST, serotype; PV, pulsovar; AZM, azithromycin; AMP, ampicillin; TMP/SMX, trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole; CIP, ciprofloxacin; CRO, ceftriaxone; TET, tetracycline; CHL, chloramphenicol; NAL, nalidixic acid; S, susceptible; R: resistant; --, not applicable. ([dagger]) PV was determined by XbaI and BlnI pulsed-field gel electrophoresis patterns. ([double dagger]) The criterion for elevated azithro MIC was >16 mg/L (13). ([section]) S. sonnei PVs 101 and 105 were related and had 2 different pulsed-field gel electrophoresis bands.
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|Date:||May 1, 2014|
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