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Large Outbreak of Infection and Colonization with Gram‐Negative Pathogens Carrying the Metallo‐β‐Lactamase Gene blaIMP‐4 at a 320‐Bed Tertiary Hospital in Australia

Sophie Herbert , MBChB, BSc, MRCP, Dag S. Halvorsen , MD, MPH, Tim Leong , FJFICM, Clare Franklin , BSc, Glenys Harrington , RN, RM and Denis Spelman , FRACP, FRCPA, MPH
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 28, No. 1 (January 2007), pp. 98-101
DOI: 10.1086/508841
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/508841
Page Count: 4
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Large Outbreak of Infection and Colonization with Gram‐Negative Pathogens Carrying the Metallo‐β‐Lactamase Gene blaIMP‐4 at a 320‐Bed Tertiary Hospital in Australia
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Abstract

A large outbreak of infection and colonization with multiple genera of gram‐negative bacilli carrying the metallo‐β‐lactamase gene blaIMP‐4 occurred in a 36‐bed intensive care unit at a tertiary hospital in Australia. The organisms emerged rapidly, caused severe infections, and contributed to mortality. Controlling the spread of these organisms remains a challenge for all staff involved.

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