Epidemiological Cutoff Values for Standard Broth Microdilution and Disk Diffusion Susceptibility Testing of Isolated from Fish

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and other closely related species cause motile aeromonad septicemia, a common fish disease. The disease affects many aquaculture sectors potentially requiring antimicrobial treatments. Therefore, researchers and laboratory diagnosticians need criteria called epidemiological cutoff values (ECVs) to determine whether a bacterial isolate has developed decreased susceptibility to an antimicrobial. To generate ECVs for this bacterium, we assembled a diverse collection of 245 isolates previously identified as from fish. Using sequencing, we confirmed that 97 of the 245 isolates were . We allocated the isolates among three laboratories and tested their susceptibility against eight antimicrobials using standard Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) disk diffusion and broth microdilution methods. The resulting frequency distributions were statistically analyzed to determine wild-type cutoff estimates, which, along with scatterplots, were used to estimate potential ECVs. In collaboration with the CLSI, aquaculture working group, we proposed ECVs for six of the eight antimicrobials tested. Subsequently, the CLSI Subcommittee on Veterinary Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing reviewed our data and approved the ECVs to be added to the 2020 edition of the VET04 performance standards for antimicrobial susceptibility testing of aquatic bacteria.

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Microbial drug resistance (Larchmont, N.Y.)

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