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Review
. 2013 Mar;11(3):297-308.
doi: 10.1586/eri.13.12.

Clinical Relevance of the ESKAPE Pathogens

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Clinical Relevance of the ESKAPE Pathogens

Jack N Pendleton et al. Expert Rev Anti Infect Ther. .

Abstract

In recent years, the Infectious Diseases Society of America has highlighted a faction of antibiotic-resistant bacteria (Enterococcus faecium, Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Enterobacter spp.) - acronymically dubbed 'the ESKAPE pathogens' - capable of 'escaping' the biocidal action of antibiotics and mutually representing new paradigms in pathogenesis, transmission and resistance. This review aims to consolidate clinically relevant background information on the ESKAPE pathogens and provide a contemporary summary of bacterial resistance, alongside pertinent microbiological considerations necessary to face the mounting threat of antimicrobial resistance.

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