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Friday, December 31, 2010

Hong Kong : CHP detects a case of NDM-1 producing Enterobacteriaceae

Press release from Hong Kong's Center 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 1 (NDM-1) producing Enterobacteriaceae in a patient from India.

The patient, a 54-year-old Indian lady who was hospitalised in India for subdural haematoma for about three months from May 2010, came to Hong Kong on December 15. She was admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital on December 17 for respiratory distress.

A strain of E. coli harbouring NDM-1 was detected from her rectal swab. No outbreak was detected in the ward. Her home contacts were asymptomatic.

A spokesman for CHP said it is likely to be colonisation as the patient showed no active signs of infection. Investigations are underway and there is presently no sign of spread."

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