• First identification of class A carbapenemase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae in the Republic of Ireland.

      Roche, C; Cotter, M; O Connell, N; Crowley, B; Department of Clinical Microbiology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. (2009-04-02)
      The Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC) was detected in a carbapenem-resistant respiratory isolate of Klebsiella pneumoniae in an Irish hospital. This is the first report of a KPC-producing isolate in the Republic of Ireland. The isolate was resistant to all beta-lactams. Furthermore, it had reduced susceptibility to three other classes of non-beta-lactam antibiotics. The isolate was not associated with travel abroad. Detection of KPC-producing bacteria has important infection control and public health implications.