Staphylococcus hyicus which is an important animal pathogen, was recovered from urinary catheter of patients undergoing long-term bladder catheterization. The antibiotic sensitivity tests results showed that the isolates were susceptible to ciprofloxacin, cephalothecin, amikacin, gentamicin and ampicillin, but they were resistant to streptomycin, erythromycin and nalidexic acid. The isolates showed variable adherent capabilities to uroepithelial cells. The plasmid profile of the isolates gave two to three bands. The plasmid curing experiments indicated possible correlation between plasmid contents of Staph. hyicus and its adhering ability to uroepithelial cells.
Staphylococcus hyicus, antibiotic resistance, urinary catheter, plasmid, adherence
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