Molecular characterization of carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae in a tertiary university hospital in Turkey

Alp E., Percin D., Colakoglu S., Durmaz S., Kurkcu C. A., Ekincioglu P., ...More

JOURNAL OF HOSPITAL INFECTION, vol.84, no.2, pp.178-180, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 84 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.jhin.2013.03.002
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.178-180
  • Kütahya Health Sciences University Affiliated: No


The aim of this study was to identify the resistance genes and genetic relationship of carbapenemase-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CRKP) identified in a tertiary university hospital in Turkey. During the study, CRKP was isolated from 137 patients. Resistance genes were studied in 94 isolates. Among these isolates, most of the CRKP produced only oxacillinase (OXA)-48 (91.5%); however, 4.3% of the isolates produced only New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase 1 (NDM-1), 1% produced both OXA-48 and NDM-1, and 3.2% produced imipenem. This study adds Turkey to the growing list of countries with NDM-1-producing bacteria and shows that NDM-1 may easily spread worldwide. (c) 2013 The Healthcare Infection Society. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.