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Friday, April 8, 2011

Hong Kong : CHP detects a case of NDM Carbapenemase producing Enterobacteriaceae

From Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection :

" The Public Health Laboratory Services Branch (PHLSB) of the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) has identified a case of New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase (NDM) Carbapenemase producing Enterobacteriaceae in a 60-year-old man.

The patient, who has underlying medical conditions, presented with bone pain and bilateral lower limb weakness on March 27; he was admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital on the next day. The patient is now in stable condition.

A strain of bacterium harbouring NDM was detected from his rectal swab today (April 7). No outbreak was detected in the ward. His home contacts were asymptomatic.

CHP investigation revealed the patient has recent travel history to the Mainland from March 3 to 27.

A spokesman for CHP said the patient showed no active signs of infection. Investigations are underway and there is presently no sign of spread.

This is the third detection of NDM Carbapenemase producing Enterobacteriaceae in Hong Kong. The first case involved a 66-year-old man in October 2009 while the second case involved a 54-year-old Indian lady in December 2010. The patients have fully recovered."

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