Jacobs Journal of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

Low Percentage of Asylum Seekers Colonized with Multi-Resistant Bacteria Treated at a German Hospital

Published on: 2018-01-30

Abstract

To assess whether asylum seekers show increased colonization risk for methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)and multi-resistant Gram negative bacteria, approximately 100 patients treated at the hospital in Ingolstadt betweenFebruary and August 2015 were examined for colonization frequency. Four patients (4.2%) were MRSA positive. Eightpatients (8.1%) were colonized by E. coli exhibiting extended spectrum beta-lactamase activity, a percentage similar to thatof German ambulatory patients. In summary, the percentage of asylum seekers colonized with multi-resistant bacteria waslow eliminating the necessity of general screening measures at hospital admission.

Keywords

Asylum Seekers, Escherichia coli with Expended Spectrum Beta-Lactamase Activity (ESBL), Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Humans