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Euro Surveill. 2009 Oct 8;14(40). pii: 19349.

First isolations of KPC-2-carrying ST258 Klebsiella pneumoniae strains in Finland, June and August 2009.

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Antimicrobial Resistance Unit, Department of Infectious Disease Surveillance and Control, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Turku Finland.


The first two Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase-producing (KPC) type 2 strains carrying ST258 were detected in Finland in June and early August 2009. They were found colonising two patients transferred from the Mediterranean; one patient referred from a hospital in Greece where isolates were first found in 2007 and another from Italy where the first isolates have been described only very recently.

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