Extended-spectrum β-lactamase producing Klebsiella pneumoniae from blood cultures in Puducherry, India

R. M. Parveen, M. A. Khan, G. A. Menezes, B. N. Harish, S. C. Parija, J. P. Hays*

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Abstract

Sir,

Extended-spectrum β-lactamases (ESBLs) are plasmid-mediated enzymes that confer resistance to all penicillins and cephalosporins, including the sulbactam and clavulanic acid combinations and monobactams such as aztreonam. ESBLs are most commonly detected in Klebsiella pneumoniae, which is an opportunistic pathogen associated with severe infections in hospitalized patients, including immunocompromised hosts with severe underlying diseases. ESBL producing K. pneumoniae was first reported in 1983 from Germany, with a steady worldwide increase in K. pneumoniae-mediated resistance against cephalosporins in the subsequent decades. [...]
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)392-395
Number of pages4
JournalIndian Journal of Medical Research
Volume134
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2011

Bibliographical note

This work was supported by a European Union FP6 project grant (DRESP2)

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