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1.  Multidrug-Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii in Veterinary Clinics, Germany 
Emerging Infectious Diseases  2011;17(9):1751-1754.
An increase in prevalence of multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter spp. in hospitalized animals was observed at the Justus-Liebig-University (Germany). Genotypic analysis of 56 isolates during 2000–2008 showed 3 clusters that corresponded to European clones I–III. Results indicate spread of genotypically related strains within and among veterinary clinics in Germany.
doi:10.3201/eid1709.101931
PMCID: PMC3322069  PMID: 21888812
zoonoses; Acinetobacter baumannii; animals; veterinary clinics; antimicrobial susceptibility; antimicrobial resistance; DNA fingerprinting; amplified fragment length polymorphism; pulsed-field gel electrophoresis; PFGE; clones; Germany; dispatch
2.  Phenotypic and Genotypic Characterization of Arcanobacterium haemolyticum Isolates from Infections of Horses▿  
Journal of Clinical Microbiology  2008;47(1):124-128.
The present study was designed to characterize phenotypically and genotypically seven Arcanobacterium haemolyticum strains obtained from infections of six horses. All seven strains showed the cultural and biochemical properties typical of A. haemolyticum and were susceptible to most of the antibiotics tested. The species identification could be confirmed by amplification and sequencing of the 16S rRNA gene and the 16S-23S rRNA intergenic spacer region and by PCR amplification of species-specific parts of the gene encoding phospholipase D in A. haemolyticum. Use of the latter could possibly improve future identification of this generally human pathogenic bacterial species which, according to the present results, seems to occur also in infections of horses.
doi:10.1128/JCM.01933-08
PMCID: PMC2620868  PMID: 19020059
3.  Distribution of the putative virulence factor encoding gene sheta in Staphylococcus hyicus strains of various origins 
Journal of Veterinary Science  2008;9(3):327-329.
In the present study, Staphylococcus (S.) hyicus strains isolated in Russia (n = 23) and Germany (n = 17) were investigated for the prevalence of the previously described genes sheta and shetb. Sheta was detected in 16 S. hyicus strains. Sheta-positive strains were mainly found among strains isolated from exudative epidermitis, and frequently together with the exfoliative toxin-encoding genes exhD and exhC. Partial sequencing of sheta in a single S. hyicus strain revealed an almost complete match with the sheta sequence obtained from GenBank. None of the S. hyicus strains displayed a positive reaction with the shetb-specific oligonucleotide primer used in the present study. According to the present results, the exotoxin encoding gene sheta seems to be distributed among S. hyicus strains in Russia and Germany. The toxigenic potential of this exotoxin, which does not have the classical structure of a staphylococcal exfoliative toxin, remains to be elucidated.
doi:10.4142/jvs.2008.9.3.327
PMCID: PMC2811846  PMID: 18716454
exfoliative toxins; exudative epidermitis; sheta; shetb; Staphylococcus hyicus

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