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Clin Microbiol Infect. 2006 Nov;12(11):1138-41.

Nosocomial spread of OXA-58-positive carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii isolates in a paediatric hospital in Greece.

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Service de Bactériologie-Virologie, Hôpital de Bicêtre, Assistance Publique/Hôpitaux de Paris, Faculté de Médecine Paris-Sud, Le Kremlin-Bicêtre, France.


Twelve non-repetitive Acinetobacter baumannii isolates producing the carbapenem-hydrolysing oxacillinase OXA-58 were recovered from patients in the same paediatric hospital in Athens, Greece, between November 2003 and May 2005. All isolates were clonally related, but the bla(OXA-58) gene was not always plasmid-located and there were variations in the DNA sequences surrounding the OXA-58 gene in different isolates. This study emphasises the importance of the bla(OXA-58) carbapenemase gene in conferring carbapenem resistance among A. baumannii isolates in Greece.

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