African Journal of
Microbiology Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Microbiol. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0808
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJMR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 5232

Full Length Research Paper

Prevalence and antimicrobial resistance of Salmonella spp. and Escherichia coli isolated from pigs at slaughterhouses in Korea

Hyo Bi Kim1, Hyun Baek2, SooJin Lee1, YangHo Jang1, SukChan Jung2, Aeran Kim2and Nong Hoon Choe1*
  1College of Veterinary Medicine, Konkuk University, Seoul 143-701, Korea. 2National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service, Anyang 430-856, Korea.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 01 March 2011
  •  Published: 30 April 2011



The objective of this study was to ascertain the nationwide prevalence and antimicrobial resistance rates of Salmonella spp. and Escherichia coli amongst domesticated finisher pigs. Fecal samples (n=840) were collected at 84 slaughterhouses in Korea in May 2009.Salmonella spp. was isolated from 21 of the 840 samples (2.5%), and comprised the following isolated serotypes: Salmonella rissenSalmonella derbySalmonellatyphimurium. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing was performed for eight antimicrobials.Salmonella resistance was tetracycline (76.19%); nitrofurantoin (38.10%); kanamycin (33.33%); chloramphenicol, sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim and cephalothin (28.57%); polymyxin B (9.52%); and ampicillin/sulbactam (4.76%), and E. coli resistance was tetracycline (87.11%); chloramphenicol (66.24%); kanamycin (51.68%); sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim (51.29%); cephalothin (8.38%); nitrofurantoin (5.15%); ampicillin/sulbactam (4.64%); and polymyxin B (0.52%). Tetracycline resistance was most common. Surprisingly, 28.57 and 66.24% of the Salmonella spp. and E. coli isolates, respectively, were resistant to chloramphenicol, which has been banned from agricultural use in Korea for some time. A wide range of strains displayed multi-antimicrobial resistance: 14 out of 21 (66.66%) and 611 out of 776 (78.72%) of the Salmonella and E. coli isolates, respectively. Salmonella spp. and E. coli demonstrate an appreciable broad-spectrum, (multi)-antimicrobial resistance, which is a potential public health concern. A continuous antibiotic surveillance program may be worthwhile.


Key words: Swine, pig, Salmonella spp., Escherichia coli, antimicrobial resistance, slaughterhouse