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Learning from an outbreak: ESBL- the essential points

Author(s): Shanmuganathan C | Ananthakrishnan A | Jayakeerthi S | Kanungo R | Kumar A | Bhattacharya S | Badrinath S

Journal: Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology
ISSN 0255-0857

Volume: 22;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 255;
Date: 2004;
Original page

Keywords: Extended spectrum beta-lactamase | Klebsiella pneumoniae | neonatal intensive care unit

Extended spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) producing strains of Klebsiella pneumoniae have emerged as important nosocomial pathogens. The present report describes an outbreak of ESBL positive K.pneumoniae in a neonatal intensive care unit of a tertiary care center in southern India. The clinical and microbiological significance of multiresistant gram negative ESBL producers have been discussed in light of this outbreak by multi-resistant gram negative bacilli. The review also offers some practical guidance regarding infection control and therapeutic options.
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