Ortiz V, Estevez-Ordonez D, Montalvan-Sanchez E, Urrutia-Argueta S, Israel D, Krishna US, Romero-Gallo J, Wilson KT, Peek RM, Dominguez R, Morgan DR. Helicobacter pylori antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic consumption in the low-resource Central America setting. Helicobacter. 2019 Aug;24(24). e12595. PMID: 31111610 [PubMed] PMCID: PMC6619433 NIHMSID: NIHMS1025893.
Antimicrobial resistance is a global public health problem, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), where antibiotics are often obtained without a prescription. H. pylori antimicrobial resistance patterns are informative for patient care and gastric cancer prevention programs, have been shown to correlate with general antimicrobial consumption, and may guide antimicrobial stewardship programs in LMICs. We report H. pylori resistance and antimicrobial utilization patterns for western Honduras, representative of rural Central America.