Antimicrobial susceptibility of Flavobacterium psychrophilum isolates from the United Kingdom



Ngo TPH, Smith P, Bartie K, Thompson KD, Verner-Jeffreys DW, Hoare R & Adams A (2018) Antimicrobial susceptibility of Flavobacterium psychrophilum isolates from the United Kingdom. Journal of Fish Diseases, 41 (2), pp. 309-320.

Routine application of antimicrobials is the current treatment of choice for rainbow trout fry syndrome (RTFS) or bacterial coldwater disease (BCWD) caused by Flavobacterium psychrophilum. In this study, the antimicrobial susceptibilities of 133 F. psychrophilum isolates, 118 of which were from the UK, were evaluated by broth microdilution and disc diffusion methods following VET04-A2 and VET03-A guidelines of Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI), respectively. Isolates were categorised as wild type (fully susceptible, WT) or non-wild type (NWT) using normalised resistance interpretation (NRI) determined cut-off values (COWT). Broth microdilution testing showed that only 12% of UK isolates were WT to oxolinic acid (MIC COWT ≤0.25 mg L-1) and 42% were WT for oxytetracycline (MIC COWT ≤0.25 mg L-1). In contrast, all the isolates tested were WT (MIC COWT ≤2 mg L-1) for florfenicol, the main antimicrobial for RTFS control in the UK. Disc diffusion-based COWT values were ≥51 mm for 10 µg amoxicillin, ≥44 mm for 30 µg florfenicol, ≥30 mm for 2 µg oxolinic acid and ≥51 mm for 30 µg oxytetracycline. There was a high categorical agreement between the classifications of the isolates by two testing methods for florfenicol (100%), oxytetracycline (93%), and oxolinic acid (99%).

Flavobacterium psychrophilum; antimicrobial susceptibility; epidemiological cut-off values; disc diffusion; broth microdilution; rainbow trout fry syndrome

Journal of Fish Diseases: Volume 41, Issue 2

FundersEuropean Commission
Publication date28/02/2018
Publication date online24/10/2017
Date accepted by journal11/08/2017

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Dr Kerry Bartie
Dr Kerry Bartie

Research Fellow / Experimental Officer, Sport

Dr Rowena Hoare
Dr Rowena Hoare

Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Aquaculture