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August 1973

Antibiotic Resistance of Fecal Escherichia coli: A Comparison of Samples From Children of Low and High Socioeconomic Groups

Author Affiliations

New York
From the departments of medicine and pediatrics, Columbia University, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center (Dr. Neu, Ms. Vogt, Drs. Huber, and Glazer), and Metropolitan Hospital, New York Medical College (Drs. Cherubin and Winter), New York.

Am J Dis Child. 1973;126(2):174-177. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1973.02110190152008

A study of the incidence of antibiotic resistant fecal Escherichia coli in children from an urban ghetto and a private practice indicated that a higher proportion of resistant E coli (65%) was obtained from the ghetto population compared to 51% of private patients. Ampicillin resistance was most common in both populations but significantly greater in the ghetto (51% vs 31%). Transmissible resistance factors were demonstrated in 73% of the resistant strains from ghetto children and 25% from children of upper socioeconomic background.

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