Prevalence of the ermB gene in Clostridium difficile strains isolated at a university teaching hospital from 1987 through 1998

Yajarayma J. Tang-Feldman, Jeffrey P. Henderson, Grit Ackermann, Stephanie S. Feldman, Maxwell Bedley, Joseph Silva, Stuart H Cohen

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We analyzed 226 strains of Clostridium difficile for the presence of erythromycin ribosomal methylase B (ermB) genes. Forty-four strains (19.4%) carried ermB genes and were resistant to erythromycin. Toxin A and toxin B gene sequences were identified in 81.9% of these 44 strains. Strains of C. difficile that carry ermB genes are common etiologic agents of C. defficile-associated diarrhea.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1537-1540
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 15 2005


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  • Immunology

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