Sir,Escherichia coli sequence type 131 (ST131) producing CTX- M-type [3-lactamases are the most common extended-spectrum [3-lactamase (ESBL)-producing strains and are of high virulence potential. In particular, the blal-;X.M.[5 gene is often encoded on a conjugative plasmid and less frequently on the chromo- some. The presence of identical bluCTX.M.[5 alleles on both the chromosome and on a plasmid in the same strain has been reported , suggesting transfer ofthese genes between these two locations.
Journal: International journal of antimicrobial agents