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Detection of OXA Carbapenemase Positive Acinetobacter spp., Jamaica

This article looks at the mechanism of carbapenem resistance and clonality of multidrug resistant Acinetobacter spp. at a hospital in Jamaica. PCR found that many of these isolates, some of which are clonally related, were carbapenemase producers.


Objective:  The global problem of resistance to carbapenem antibiotics, through the production of carbapenemases by clinically significant bacteria, continues to increase while options for antibiotic therapy remain limited. It is important to determine the mechanism of carbapenem resistance in the multidrug resistant (MDR) Acinetobacter spp.  isolated at a tertiary care hospital, Jamaica (TCHJ) because of the implications for therapy which is the goal of this study.

20 Apr, 2016
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e-Published: 27 Apr, 2016


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