ASM Microbe: Sustained transmission of resistant bacterial strain detected in hospital for over 3 years

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Epidemiologists have demonstrated the transmission of a single bacterial strain that possessed a resistance gene to carbapenem, a type of antimicrobial drug reserved as a last-line treatment for serious infections, in a northern California hospital.  

The bacterial strain persisted in the hospital for over 3 years, the authors state this could be attributed to patient’s long stays in the hospital intensive care unit (ICU), undetected intermediary patients and transmission from patient-to-patient. The findings were recently presented at the ASM Microbe (20–24 June 2019, San Francisco, CA, USA). 

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