Carbapenemase-Producing Klebsiella pneumoniae in Romania: A Six-Month Survey

Brandusa Elena Lixandru, Ani Ioana Cotar*, Monica Straut, Codruta Romanita Usein, Dana Cristea, Simona Ciontea, Dorina Tatu-Chitoiu, Irina Codita, Alexandru Rafila, Maria Nica, Mariana Buzea, Anda Baicus, Mihaela Camelia Ghita, Irina Nistor, Cristina Tuchilus, Marina Indreas, Felicia Antohe, Corinna Glasner, Hajo Grundmann, Aftab JasirMaria Damian

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Abstract

This study presents the first characterization of carbapenem-non-susceptible Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates by means of a structured six-month survey performed in Romania as part of an Europe-wide investigation. Klebsiella pneumoniae clinical isolates from different anatomical sites were tested for antibiotic susceptibility by phenotypic methods and confirmed by PCR for the presence of four carbapenemase genes. Genome macrorestriction fingerprinting with XbaI was used to analyze the relatedness of carbapenemase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates collected from eight hospitals. Among 75 non-susceptible isolates, 65 were carbapenemase producers. The most frequently identified genotype was OXA-48 (n = 51 isolates), eight isolates were positive for bla(NDM-1) gene, four had the bla(KPC-2) gene, whereas two were positive for bla(VIM-1). The analysis of PFGE profiles of OXA-48 and NDM-1 producing K. pneumoniae suggests inter-hospitals and regional transmission of epidemic clones. This study presents the first description of K. pneumoniae strains harbouring blaKPC-2 and blaVIM-1 genes in Romania. The results of this study highlight the urgent need for the strengthening of hospital infection control measures in Romania in order to curb the further spread of the antibiotic resistance.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0143214
Number of pages10
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume10
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23-Nov-2015

Keywords

  • BETA-LACTAMASE
  • PSEUDOMONAS-AERUGINOSA
  • ENTEROBACTERIACEAE
  • PLASMID
  • SPREAD
  • RESISTANCE
  • EMERGENCE
  • OUTBREAK
  • STRAINS
  • TURKEY

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