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Emergence of Carbapenem Resistance in Acinetobacter baumannii Recovered From Blood Cultures in Australia

  • Anton Y. Peleg (a1) (a2), Clare Franklin (a1), Jan M. Bell (a3) and Denis W. Spelman (a1)


We describe the first emergence of carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii in Australia. Ninety A. baumannii isolates recovered from cultures of blood specimens from 69 patients were analyzed. Overall, 58 isolates (64%) were resistant to meropenem. The χ2 test for linear trend revealed that emergence of carbapenem resistance was statistically significant during the 32-month study period. Selected isolates were of the same clonal type, and no genes encoding carbapenemases were identified.


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Emergence of Carbapenem Resistance in Acinetobacter baumannii Recovered From Blood Cultures in Australia

  • Anton Y. Peleg (a1) (a2), Clare Franklin (a1), Jan M. Bell (a3) and Denis W. Spelman (a1)


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