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Clin Microbiol Infect. 2012 Feb;18(2):E34-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-0691.2011.03726.x. Epub 2011 Dec 22.

NDM-2 carbapenemase-producing Acinetobacter baumannii in the United Arab Emirates.

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Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.


Screening 155 carbapenem non-susceptible Acinetobacter baumannii strains recovered in Abu Dhabi hospitals identified two metallo-ß-lactamase bla(NDM) gene-carrying isolates. They were isolated 4 months apart from the urine of a cancer patient previously treated in Egypt, Lebanon and in the United Arab Emirates. They were clonally related and carried the bla(NDM-2) gene recently identified in A. baumannii in Egypt and Israel. Sequences surrounding the bla(NDM-2) gene showed significant similarities with those associated with bla(NDM-1) in Enterobacteriaceae and A. baumannii. Repeated isolation of bla(NDM-2)-positive A. baumannii in the Middle East raises the possibility of the local emergence and spread of a unique clone.

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