Emergence and spread of cephalosporinases in wildlife: a review

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  • May, 2021

Palmeira, J.D., Cunha, M.V., Carvalho, J., Ferreira, H., Fonseca, C. & Torres, R.T. (2021) Emergence and spread of cephalosporinases in wildlife: a review.

Animals, 2021, 1765. DOI:10.3390/ani11061765 (IF2021 3,231; Q1 Veterinary Sciences)

In the last decade, detection of antibiotic resistant bacteria from wildlife has received increasing interest, due to the potential risk posed by those bacteria to wild animals, livestock or humans at the interface with wildlife, and due to the ensuing contamination of the environment. According to World Health Organization, cephalosporins are critically important antibiotics to human health. However, acquired resistance to β-lactams is widely distributed and is mainly mediated by extended-spectrum beta-lactamase and AmpC beta-lactamases, such as cephalosporinases. This work thus aimed to compile and analyse the information available on the emergence and dissemination of cephalosporinases in wildlife worldwide. Results suggest a serious scenario, with reporting of cephalosporinases in 46 countries from all continents (52% in Europe), across 188 host species, mainly birds and mammals, especially gulls and ungulates. The most widely reported cephalosporinases, CTX-M-1, CTX-M-14, CTX-M-15 and CMY-2, were also the most common in wild animals, in agreement with their ubiquity in human settings, including their association to high-risk clones of Escherichia coli (E. coli), such as the worldwide distributed CTX-M-15/ST131 E. coli. Altogether, our findings show that anthropogenic activities affect the whole ecosystem and that public policies promoting animal and environmental surveillance, as well as mitigation measures to avoid antimicrobial misuse and AMR spread, are urgently needed to be out in practise.



  • Emergence and spread of cephalosporinases in wildlife: a review Mónica Sofia Vieira Cunha Conservation in Socio-Ecological Systems - CSES