Highly drug resistant clone of Salmonella Kentucky ST198 in clinical infections and poultry in Zimbabwe
A highly multidrug-resistant strain of Salmonella enterica serotype Kentucky (S. Kentucky) of sequence type (ST)198 emerged in North Africa and has since spread widely. To investigate the genetic diversity and phylogenetic relationship of S. Kentucky in Zimbabwe and identify potential sources of infection, the whole-genome sequence of 37 S. Kentucky strains isolated from human clinical infections and from poultry farms between 2017 and 2020 was determined. Of 37 S. Kentucky isolates, 36 were ST198 and one was ST152. All ST198 isolates had between six and fifteen antimicrobial resistance (AMR) genes, and 92% carried at least ten AMRs.
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