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J Clin Microbiol. 2012 Aug;50(8):2783-5. doi: 10.1128/JCM.00284-12. Epub 2012 May 23.

Evaluation of the New NucliSENS EasyQ KPC test for rapid detection of Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase genes (blaKPC).

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  • 1Institutes of Microbiology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy. tspanu@rm.unicatt.it


KPC-type carbapenemases are emerging in Klebsiella pneumoniae and other Gram-negative pathogens worldwide. Rapid and sensitive detection of these resistance determinants has become relevant to clinical management and infection control. We evaluated the bioMérieux EasyQ real-time PCR assay for bla(KPC) detection with 300 members of the Enterobacteriaceae, including 29 control strains producing known carbapenemases and 271 nonreplicate clinical isolates. The EasyQ assay correctly detected all of the 111 isolates harboring bla(KPC) genes, with no false positives, and results were available within 2 h.

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