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Salmonellae are a main cause for bloodstream infections - infections with high fatality rates - in sub-Saharan Africa. Until recently, salmonellae could be treated well with antibiotics. However, like in Europe, the numbers of drug-resistant bacteria are on the rise in Africa.
Together with our cooperation partners, we have found that certain salmonellae (mainly Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis), which cause bloodstream infections, have developed some resistance against a widely used antibiotic in Ghana (Ciprofloxacin). Should this development continue, hardly any effective drug against these salmonellae will soon be available there.
Daniel Eibach, Hassan Al-Emran, Denise Dekker, Ralf Krumkamp, Christa Ehmen, Anna Jaeger, Jürgen May and external cooperation partners (see publication)