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Euro Surveill. 2013 Aug 1;18(31). pii: 20547.

Outbreak of NDM-1-producing Acinetobacter baumannii in France, January to May 2013.

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Department of Virology, Bacteriology - Infection Control, Parasitology -Mycology, Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris, University Hospital Henri Mondor, Créteil, France.


We report the first outbreak of carbapenem-resistant NDM-1-producing Acinetobacter baumannii in Europe, in a French intensive-care unit in January to May 2013. The index patient was transferred from Algeria and led to the infection/colonisation of five additional patients. Concurrently, another imported case from Algeria was identified. The seven isolates were genetically indistinguishable, belonging to ST85. The bla(NDM-1) carbapenemase gene was part of the chromosomally located composite transposon Tn125. This report underscores the growing concern about the spread of NDM-1-producing A. baumannii in Europe.

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