Abstract

The increasing prevalence of extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Escherichia coli and carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) is a worldwide health threat. Monitoring of these resistant bacteria in the environment can provide regional prevalence reflecting both healthy and infected populations, although the quantitative monitoring of those resistant bacteria, especially CRE, is difficult due to their low proportion in the total Enterobacteriaceae population and the possible interference by autochthonous species with intrinsic resistance. In this study, these resistant bacteria in treated wastewater were quantified at 12 different treatment plants. The proportions of cefotaxime-resistant and ESBL-producing E. coli in the total E. coli population in the chlorinated effluents in Tokyo were 5.7 and 5.3%, respectively. The estimated proportion of CRE was 0.007% with the constituting species of Klebsiella spp. and Enterobacter spp., although the conditions during the first incubation may have affected the estimation even after the correction by the proportion of resistant population in the isolates. The observed resistant proportions in this study were lower than those in the surveillance on nosocomial infection not only for inpatients but also for outpatients, and higher than those in the veterinary monitoring.

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