Neisseria meningitidis antimicrobial resistance in Italy, 2006 to 2016

Paola Vacca, Cecilia Fazio, Arianna Neri, Luigina Ambrosio, Annapina Palmieri, Paola Stefanelli

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The aim of this study was to evaluate the antimicrobial susceptibilities of 866 Neisseria meningitidis invasive strains during 11 years of surveillance in Italy. Two and six strains were resistant to ciprofloxacin and rifampin, respectively. Forty-five percent were penicillin intermediate, associated with hypervirulent serogroup C clonal complex 11. All of the strains were susceptible to cephalosporins.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere00207-18
JournalAntimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2018


  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Neisseria meningitidis
  • Pen
  • PenA gene
  • Penicillin-binding protein 2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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