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Ther Adv Infect Dis. 2016 Feb;3(1):15-21. doi: 10.1177/2049936115621709.

Carbapenem resistance: overview of the problem and future perspectives.

Abstract

Carbapenem resistance, mainly among Gram-negative pathogens, is an ongoing public-health problem of global dimensions. This type of antimicrobial resistance, especially when mediated by transferable carbapenemase-encoding genes, is spreading rapidly causing serious outbreaks and dramatically limiting treatment options. In this article, important key points related to carbapenem resistance are reviewed and future perspectives are discussed.

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antibiotic resistance; carbapenemases; carbapenems

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