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Carbapenem-Resistant <i>Escherichia coli</i> Harboring <i>Klebsiella pneumoniae</i> Carbapenemase β-Lactamases Associated with Long-Term Care Facilities

Carl Urban, Patricia A. Bradford, Margareta Tuckman, Sorana Segal-Maurer, Wehbeh Wehbeh, Louise Grenner, Rita Colon-Urban, Noriel Mariano and James J. Rahal

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 46, issue 11, pages e127-e130
Published in print June 2008 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online June 2008 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/588048
Carbapenem-Resistant Escherichia coli Harboring Klebsiella pneumoniae Carbapenemase β-Lactamases Associated with Long-Term Care Facilities

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Nine carbapenem-resistant Escherichia coli isolates harboring Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC)-2 or KPC-3 enzymes were identified in patients residing in 7 distinct long-term care facilities. Cefotaxime-hydrolyzing (CTX-M)—type β-lactamases were also documented in 3 isolates. The identification of these enzymes in patients staying in long-term care facilities should be of great concern to all components of health care systems.

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

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