Present situation of antimicrobial resistance in Korea

Y. Chong, K. Lee

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Resistance of bacteria to antimicrobial agents is a worldwide concern. In Korea, resistant bacteria are more prevalent than in other industrialized countries. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, erythromycin-resistant Streptococcus pyogenes, penicillin non-susceptible pneumococci, β-lactamase-producing gonococci, extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae, class C β-lactamase-producing E. coli, fluoroquinolone-resistant E. coli, and aminoglycoside-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii and Pseudomonas aeruginosa are examples of resistant bacteria prevalent in Korea, and their presence suggests a high level of antimicrobial selective pressure and the nosocomial spread of resistant bacteria. Recently observed rapid increases in the incidence of vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium and carbapenem-resistant P. aeruginosa present new threats in Korea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-195
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Infection and Chemotherapy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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