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Detection and Spread of <i>Escherichia coli</i> Possessing the Plasmid-Borne Carbapenemase KPC-2 in Brooklyn, New York

Simona Bratu, Steven Brooks, Sibte Burney, Sandeep Kochar, Jyoti Gupta, David Landman and John Quale

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 44, issue 7, pages 972-975
Published in print April 2007 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online April 2007 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/512370
Detection and Spread of Escherichia coli Possessing the Plasmid-Borne Carbapenemase KPC-2 in Brooklyn, New York

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A carbapenem-resistant isolate of Escherichia coli was identified that possessed a 23-kb plasmid encoding Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase type 2 (KPC-2). A subsequent surveillance study involving hospitals in Brooklyn, New York, revealed that, among 1417 E. coli isolates, 7 isolates (from 3 hospitals) possessed blaKPC-2. E. coli possessing KPC-2 is emerging in our region, and improved methods for detection are urgently needed.

Journal Article.  2529 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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