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J Hosp Infect. 2000 Jan;44(1):13-7.

Invasive disease due to extended spectrum beta-lactamase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae in a neonatal unit: the possible role of cockroaches.

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  • 1Departments of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Stellenbosch and Tygerberg Hospital, 7505, South Africa.

Abstract

We recently experienced an outbreak of nosocomial disease due to extended spectrum beta-lactamase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae in a neonatal unit infested with cockroaches. Organisms isolated from cockroaches were indistinguishable by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis from those colonizing infants or causing clinical disease using. Cockroach elimination together with standard infection-control measures resulted in control of the outbreak. We suggest cockroaches are possible vectors of pathogenic bacteria in the hospital environment.

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