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NDM-1 imported from India – first reported case in South Africa

C N Govind, K Moodley, A K Peer, N Pillay, C Maske, C Wallis, R Viana, A Chetty, O Perovic

Abstract


Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae have been increasingly reported throughout the world. The first South African report of a New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase was from Gauteng in August 2011. Despite maintaining a high degree of vigilance, the first such case was seen in KwaZulu-Natal almost a year later. Other cases have been unable to confirm a definite link to any other affected areas; this is the first case in South Africa showing this direct epidemiological link.


Authors' affiliations

C N Govind, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Lancet Laboratories, Durban, South Africa

K Moodley, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Lancet Laboratories, Durban, South Africa

A K Peer, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Lancet Laboratories, Durban, South Africa

N Pillay, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Lancet Laboratories, Durban, South Africa

C Maske, Department of Molecular Biology, Lancet Laboratories, Johannesburg, South Africa

C Wallis, Department of Molecular Biology, Lancet Laboratories, Johannesburg, South Africa

R Viana, Department of Molecular Biology, Lancet Laboratories, Johannesburg, South Africa

A Chetty, Family physician, Durban, South Africa

O Perovic, Centre for Opportunistic, Tropical and Hospital Infections at the National Institute of Communicable Diseases, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Keywords

NDM-1; KZN; epidemiology

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2013;103(7):476-478. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.6593

Article History

Date submitted: 2012-12-04
Date published: 2013-04-29

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