oa Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection - The emergence of carbapenem resistance in Enterobacteriaceae in South Africa : editorial
|Article Title||The emergence of carbapenem resistance in Enterobacteriaceae in South Africa : editorial|
|© Publisher:||Medpharm Publications|
|Journal||Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection|
|Affiliations||1 Ampath National Laboratory Services and 2 Ampath National Laboratory Services|
|Publication Date||Jan 2011|
|Pages||239 - 240|
The high levels of extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL) Enterobacteriaceae in South Africa, especially documented for Klebsiella pneumoniae, 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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