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Acta Veterinaria Hungarica
Authors: Ervin Albert, Rita Sipos, Szilárd Jánosi, Péter Kovács, Árpád Kenéz, Adrienn Micsinai, Zsófia Noszály and Imre Biksi

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The last surveys on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolated from bovine milk in Hungary took place in the 2000s. To elucidate the genetic variability and to estimate the burden of the pathogen, MRSA from our strain collection and prospectively collected Staphylococcus aureus (SA) isolates originating from two milk hygiene laboratories were investigated. Between 2003 and 2018, 27 MRSA strains originating from 10 dairy farms were deposited and characterised. Most strains (n = 20) belonged to ST1-t127-SCCmecIV and were recovered from three unrelated farms. From other farms, variable genotypes were identified sporadically: ST22-t032-SCCmecIV from three farms; a newly described double locus variant of ST97, ST5982-t458-SCCmecIV from two farms; and ST398-t011-SCCmecIV and ST398-t011-SCCmecV from two respective farms. The prospective screening of 626 individual SA isolates originating from 42 dairy farms resulted in four (0.48 %) MRSA strains from three (7.14 %) farms. All MRSA isolates belonged to the clonal complex 398 and a novel spa-type t19251 was also identified. Most isolates were resistant to three or more antimicrobial classes. The occurrence and significance of MRSA of dairy origin seems to be unchanged in the past decade in Hungary. However, the low host specificity and multiresistance of the identified genotypes calls for periodic revision on the role and distribution of the pathogen in the Hungarian dairy sector.

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Acta Veterinaria Hungarica
Authors: Mohsen Bashashati, Zohreh Mojahedi, Ali Ameghi Roudsari, Morteza Taghizadeh, Aidin Molouki, Najmeh Motamed, Fereshteh Sabouri and Mohammad Hossein Fallah Mehrabadi

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Despite the use of wide-scale vaccination programmes against the H9N2 virus, enzootic outbreaks of H9N2 avian influenza (AI) have often occurred and caused serious nationwide economic losses, particularly in broiler chickens. In this study, the haemagglutinin (HA) and neuraminidase (NA) genes of nine recent H9N2s and a common vaccine strain were fully sequenced and compared with other representative Iranian viruses. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that all Iranian viruses were grouped into the G1 sub-lineage with different clusters in which recent isolates (2014–2017) formed a distinct cluster compared to the vaccine group (1998–2004). All Iranian H9N2s exhibited low pathogenicity AI connecting peptide feature with an R/KSSR motif. Amino acid 226, located in the 220 loop of the receptor binding site, was leucine among the recent Iranian viruses, a characteristic of human influenza viruses. With an overall gradual increase in the genetic diversity of H9N2s, Bayesian skyline plots of Iranian HA and NA genes depicted a fluctuation and a relative stable situation, respectively. It is recommended to apply constant surveillance to assess any increase in viral human adaptation and evolutionary changes in circulating field H9N2s. Moreover, antigenic characterisation of the prevailing H9N2 viruses seems to be necessary for evaluating the possible antigenic drift from the vaccine strain.

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Acta Veterinaria Hungarica
Authors: István Szabó, Lajos Bognár, Tamás Molnár, Imre Nemes and Ádám Bálint

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Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) causes significant losses to the swine industry worldwide, which leads to launching eradication programmes. The PRRS eradication programme in Hungary is based on the territorial principle, and it is obligatory for each swine farm irrespective of the number of animals kept there. Hungary has an exceptionally large herd size in large-scale pig farms. Large fattening farms operate as all-in/all-out or continuous flow systems. The large-scale breeding herds are predominantly farrow-to-finish types. In large-scale breeding farms, PRRS eradication was carried out by the depopulation-repopulation method in 33 farms, of which 23 received state compensation, 18 farm units either finished production or changed to producing fatteners only. Two farms used the test and removal method for eradication. One farm was classified as ‘vaccinated free’. At this farm the breeding animals are vaccinated continuously but there is no vaccination of the progeny at any age, and the PRRS-free status of the farm is strictly controlled and monitored. By 31 December 2019, all pigs in five euroregions of Hungary had become free from PRRS virus, while the PRRS eradication process is still ongoing in the remaining two regions.

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The aim of this study was to identify antimicrobial resistance and virulence factor genes exhibited by multidrug resistant (MDR) Acinetobacter baumannii, to analyze biofilm formation and to investigate clonal subtypes of isolate. Whole genome sequencing was done by Illumina NovaSeq 6,000 platform and multilocus sequence typing (MLST) was performed by Oxford and Pasteur typing schemes. Influence of imipenem and levofloxacin on biofilm formation was investigated in 96-well plates at 3 replicates. The strain was found to carry OXA-23, OXA-51-like, AmpC and TEM-1 beta-lactamases. The sequence of the bla OXA-51-like gene has been identified as a bla OXA-66. According to Pasteur MLST scheme the strain displayed ST2 allelic profile. However, based on Oxford MLST scheme this strain represents the new ST2121, as the gdhB gene has a single allelic mutation namely, the gdhB-227. It was determined that MDR isolate carried bap, basABCDFGHIJ, csuA/BABCDE, bauABCDEF, plcD, pgaABCD, entE, barAB, ompA, abaIR, piT2EAFTE/AUBl, fimADT, cvaC, bfmR, bfmS virulence genes. In our study imipenem induced the highest biofilm formation at a concentration of 32 µg/ml and levofloxacin at a concentration of 16 µg/ml. In conclusion, we detected a new MDR A. baumannii ST2121 clone harboring bla OXA-66 gene that has been reported for the first time in Turkey.

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Epidemics and pandemics have happened throughout the history of mankind. Before the end of the 20th century, scientific progress successfully eradicated several of the pathogens. While no one has to be afraid of smallpox anymore, there are some new pathogens that have never caused human disease before. Coronaviruses are a family of enveloped RNA viruses. In the 21st century, three of them have caused serious pandemics, including severe acute respiratory syndrome in 2002 and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in 2012. In 2019 severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) caused the coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) pandemic, which has destroyed hundreds of thousands of lives and continues to rage.

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Epidemics and pandemics have happened throughout the history of mankind. Before the end of the 20th century, scientific progress successfully eradicated several of the pathogens. While no one has to be afraid of smallpox anymore, there are some new pathogens that have never caused human disease before. Coronaviruses are a family of enveloped RNA viruses. In the 21st century, three of them have caused serious pandemics, including severe acute respiratory syndrome in 2002 and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in 2012. In 2019 severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) caused the coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) pandemic, which has destroyed hundreds of thousands of lives and continues to rage.

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Carbapenemase-producing and colistin resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae has become a worldwide healthcare problem. This study describes molecular characterization of carbapenemase-producing and colistin resistant clinical K. pneumoniae isolates.

A total of 93 non-replicate carbapenem and colistin resistant K. pneumoniae were recovered from clinical specimens in a university hospital during 2017–2019. Detection of bla OXA-48, bla KPC, bla NDM-1, bla IMP, bla VIM-1 and mcr-1, -2, -3, -4, -5, -6, -7, and -8 genes was performed by PCR. The bacterial isolates were assigned to clonal lineages by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and multilocus sequence typing (MLST).

All isolates harbored bla OXA-48 and only two isolates harbored bla OXA-48, and bla NDM-1 genes together. In colistin resistant K. pneumoniae, mcr-1 was detected in two (2.1%) isolates. Ninety three isolates of K. pneumoniae were categorized into three clusters and five pulsotypes. MLST revealed two different sequence types, ST101 (89/93) and ST147 (4/93).

In our study ST101 was found to be a significantly dominant clone carrying bla OXA-48 and among our strains a low frequency of mcr-1 gene was determined. The emergence of colistin resistance was observed in K. pneumoniae ST101 isolates. ST101 may become a global threat in the dissemination of carbapenem and colistin resistance.

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Összefoglaló. A 2020. év elején kirobbant COVID–19-világjárvány többek között ráirányította a figyelmet az életmentő-életfenntartó kezelések igazságos elosztásának érzékeny kérdésére is. Európán belül elsőként Olaszországot sújtotta a katasztrófa, a válsághelyzetben pedig az érzéstelenítés, fájdalomcsillapítás, újraélesztés és intenzív ellátás területén tevékenykedő szakemberek olasz társasága, a SIAARTI 2020. március 6-án közzétett egy 15 pontos ajánlást. E szerint utilitarista megközelítéssel a rendelkezésre álló szűkös erőforrásokat azon betegek kezelésére kellene fordítani, akik túlélési esélye nagyobb, valamint több életévre számíthatnak a jövőben, mert ez biztosíthatja a lehető legtöbb ember számára a lehető legnagyobb hasznot. A javaslat komoly szakmai vitát robbantott ki, amely egyértelművé tette, hogy az orvosi eszközök igazságos elosztására vonatkozó diskurzust feltétlenül folytatni kell, nemcsak Olaszországon belül, hanem a pandémiától sújtott többi államban is. Orv Hetil. 2020; 161(45): 1899–1907.

Summary. Among other queries, the explosion of the COVID-19 pandemic at the beginning of 2020 has firmly put in focus the sensitive issue of how to allocate scarcely available life-saving treatments in a fair and just manner. The first European country to face an emergency caused by the pandemic was Italy. In a rapidly escalating crisis, on 6th March 2020, the Italian Society of Anaesthesia, Analgesia, Resuscitation, and Intensive Care (SIAARTI) issued a series of 15 recommendations, suggesting that a utilitarian approach should be adopted in Italian health care and the extremely scarce resources should be reserved for patients with a greater probability of survival and life expectancy, in order to maximize the benefits for the largest possible number of people. The recommendations generated a heated debate among health care professionals, thereby evidencing that similar discussions must be initiated and pursued in all countries affected by the pandemic. Orv Hetil. 2020; 161(45): 1899–1907.

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Összefoglaló. Bevezetés: Az atorvasztatin (koleszterincsökkentő), nifedipin (Ca2+-antagonista), kaptopril (angiotenzinkonvertáz-gátló) vegyületek a magas vérnyomás komplex kezelésének „alap”gyógyszerei. Mindhárom antioxidáns is. Célkitűzés: A tanulmány célja annak megválaszolása volt, hogy e molekulák gátolhatják-e a vérsejtek fagocitaműködését. Betegek és módszer: Magas vérnyomásos betegek: 15 fő, 39–80 éves, nő: 6, férfi: 9. Egészséges kontroll: 7 fő, 30–75 éves, nő: 3, férfi: 4. A vizsgálat a téli hónapokban zajlott. A zimozán- (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) részecskék fagocitózisa során képződő kemilumineszcencia mérése perifériás vérben a gyógyszerek jelenlétében történt luminométerrel. A gátlást a stimulációs index értékének csökkenésével jellemeztük. Eredmények: Mindhárom vegyület gátolta a kemilumineszcenciát (oxigénszabadgyök-képzést) a 65 év feletti, magas vérnyomásos betegek többségében: 11/13 főnél. Főleg magasabb életkorban és cukorbetegségben, de más társbetegségekben nőtt a gátlás. Következtetés: Az idős, magas vérnyomásos betegek fokozott orvosi figyelmet igényelnek a téli időszakokban, mivel antioxidáns hatással is rendelkező „alap”gyógyszereiknek, egyéntől függően, lehetnek gátló hatásaik a fagociták mikrobaölő, oxigénszabadgyök-termelő képességére. Orv Hetil. 2020; 161(45): 1908–1913.

Summary. Introduction: Atorvastatin (cholesterol synthesis blocker), nifedipine (Ca2+ antagonist), captopril (angiotensin-convertase inhibitor) are basic drugs in the therapy of hypertension. They are also antioxidants. Objective: To investigate whether these molecules can inhibit the phagocytic activity of peripheral blood cells. Patients and method: Hypertension group: 15 patients with ages between 39–80 years (6 women and 9 men). Healthy control group: 7 individuals with ages between 30–75 years (3 women and 4 men). The study was carried out in wintertime. The measurement of phagocytic activity was carried out by luminometry in peripheral blood samples. Chemiluminescence intensities were determined by the engulfment of zymosan (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) particles in the presence of drugs. The inhibitory effects were characterized by the decreased values of the stimulation index. Results: All three substances decreased the chemiluminescence (reactive oxygen species production) in the majority of samples from hypertensive patients over 65 years: in 11 of 13 patients. Stronger inhibition was detected in older, diabetic patients with other co-morbidities, too. Conclusion: Older patients with hypertension require a special attention in wintertime. Antihypertensive drugs with antioxidant capabilities may have individually different inhibitory effects on the production of reactive oxygen species by phagocytes, which decreases their antimicrobial potency. Orv Hetil. 2020; 161(45): 1908–1913.

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