oa Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection - The emergence of carbapenem resistance in in South Africa : editorial

Volume 26, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1015-8782
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1084



The high levels of extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL) in South Africa, especially documented for , in both the public sector (55-74%), as reported by Bamford et al in this edition of the SAJEI, and in the private sector (55-60%) shown previously, is disconcerting. Carbapenems are the cornerstone of therapy for patients with serious infections caused by ESBL-producing organisms.

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