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Pathogens chipping away at our last line of defence – the rise of the metallo-beta-lactamases

Johan Moolman, Johann Pitout


We describe the first known report of a VIM1 metallo-beta-lactamase-producing Klebsiella pneumonia outside Europe – confirmed by our colleagues in Canada. The patient had no travel history and surveillance failed to identify additional cases. The importance of health care professionals being diligent in identifying these multi-drug resistant isolates is emphasised.

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Johan Moolman, Lancet Laboratories

Johann Pitout,

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Klebsiella, VIM, metallo-B-lactamase

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South African Medical Journal 2012;102(1):27.

Article History

Date submitted: 2011-11-02
Date published: 2011-12-14

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