Update: Detection of a Verona Integron-Encoded Metallo-Beta-Lactamase in Klebsiella pneumoniae -- United States, 2010

September 2010
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;9/24/2010, Vol. 59 Issue 37, p1212
The articles reports on the discovery of a carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae strain producing a Verona integron-encoded metallo-beta-lactamase (VIM) carbapenemase. The strain, not common among Enterobacteriaceae in the U.S., was detected from an American tourist who was vacationing in Greece. Initial diagnosis was Clostridium difficile infection but was proven otherwise when the patient was transferred to a U.S. hospital. No other patients in the hospital was found to have the strain.


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