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Euro Surveill. 2009 Apr 2;14(13). pii: 19163.

First identification of class A carbapenemase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae in the Republic of Ireland.

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Department of Clinical Microbiology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.


The Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC) was detected in a carbapenem-resistant respiratory isolate of Klebsiella pneumoniae in an Irish hospital. This is the first report of a KPC-producing isolate in the Republic of Ireland. The isolate was resistant to all beta-lactams. Furthermore, it had reduced susceptibility to three other classes of non-beta-lactam antibiotics. The isolate was not associated with travel abroad. Detection of KPC-producing bacteria has important infection control and public health implications.

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