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Volume 15, Number 5—May 2009

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Reduced Fluoroquinolone Susceptibility in Salmonella enterica Isolates from Travelers, Finland

Marianne M. LindgrenComments to Author , Pirkko Kotilainen, Pentti Huovinen, Saija Hurme, Susanna Lukinmaa, Mark A. Webber, Laura J.V. Piddock, Anja Siitonen, and Antti J. Hakanen
Author affiliations: National Institute of Health and Welfare, Turku, Finland (M.M. Lindgren, P. Kotilainen, P. Huovinen, A.J. Hakanen); Turku University Hospital, Turku (P. Kotilainen, A.J. Hakanen); University of Turku, Turku (S. Hurme); National Institute of Health and Welfare, Helsinki, Finland (S. Lukinmaa, A. Siitonen); University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK (M.A. Webber, L.J.V. Piddock)

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Quinolone susceptibility of 499 Salmonella isolates collected from travelers returning to Finland, by country visited, 2003−2007*

Country visited No. (%) isolates No. isolates with CIP MIC >0.125 µg/mL No. isolates with NAL MIC >32 µg/mL No. isolates with NAL MIC <32 µg/mL No. trips from Finland
during study months†
Thailand‡ 212 (42.5) 98 67 31 122,472
Spain§ 66 (13.2) 25 25 0 426,822
Brazil 41 (8.2) 0 0 0 25,009
Egypt 40 (8.0) 17 17 0 47,291
India 32 (6.4) 7 7 0 26,233
Malaysia 15 (3.0) 6 1 5 2,597
Vietnam 9 (1.8) 2 2 0 7,555
Tanzania 9 (1.8) 2 2 0 1,259
Portugal 8 (1.6) 7 7 0 35,899
Morocco 5 (1.0) 3 3 0 8,708
Other areas
62 (12.4)
14
14
0

Total 499 (100) 181 145 36

*CIP, ciprofloxacin; NAL, nalidixic acid.
†Data collected from statistics reports, Finland, based on the no. of Finnish travelers to these countries.
‡No. Finnish travelers to Thailand from 2003 to 2007: 21,873; 22,882; 17,661; 21,941; and 38,115, respectively.
§Includes Canary Islands.

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