Volume 83, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Antibiotic resistance in Africa is increasing but insufficiently recognized as a public health problem. However, there are scarce data for antimicrobial resistance trends among bloodstream isolates in sub-Saharan Africa. Antimicrobial drug resistance trends among bacteria isolated from blood of children < 15 years of age admitted to the Manhiça District Hospital in Mozambique during May 2001–April 2006 were monitored by disk diffusion. We documented a linear trend of increasing resistance throughout the study period to chloramphenicol among isolates of Non-typhi ( < 0.001), ( = 0.002), ( < 0.001), and ( < 0.001). Increasing resistance to ampicillin was also observed for isolates ( < 0.001). We report trends of increasing resistance among the most frequent etiologies of bacteremia to the most commonly used antibiotics for empirical therapy in this community. Quinolones and third-generation cephalosporines may be needed in the short term to manage community-acquired infections.


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  • Received : 24 Sep 2009
  • Accepted : 23 Feb 2010
  • Published online : 06 Jul 2010

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