Editorial: Assessing the antimicrobial susceptibility of bacteria obtained from animals

Stefan Schwarz*, Peter Silley, Shabbir Simjee, Neil Woodford, Engeline van duijkeren, Alan P. Johnson, Wim Gaastra

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The accurate performance of antimicrobial susceptibility testing of bacteria from animal sources and the correct presentation of the results is a complex matter. A review of the published literature revealed a number of recurring errors with regard to methodology, quality control, appropriate interpretive criteria, and calculation of MIC50 and MIC90 values. Although more subjective, there is also no consensus regarding the definition of multiresistance. This Editorial is intended to provide guidance to authors on how to avoid these frequently detected shortcomings.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberdkq037
Pages (from-to)601-604
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 24 Feb 2010


  • Antimicrobial susceptibility testing
  • Interpretive criteria
  • MIC
  • MIC
  • Multiresistance


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