Emergence of carbapenem resistance in Acinetobacter baumannii recovered from blood cultures in Australia

Anton Y. Peleg, Clare Franklin, Jan M. Bell, Denis W. Spelman

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We describe the first emergence of carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii in Australia. Ninety A. baumannii isolates recovered from cultures of blood specimens from 69 patients were analyzed. Overall, 58 isolates (64%) were resistant to meropenem. The χ2 test for linear trend revealed that emergence of carbapenem resistance was statistically significant during the 32-month study period. Selected isolates were of the same clonal type, and no genes encoding carbapenemases were identified.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)759-761
Number of pages3
JournalInfection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2006
Externally publishedYes

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