Imipenemase (IMP)-6-producing Pseudomonas aeruginosa sequence type (ST) 235 is a dominant clone of carbapenemase-producing P. aeruginosa (CPPAE) in Korea. As part of the Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System in Korea, we found an increase in the carbapenem resistance rate of P. aeruginosa isolates from blood cultures and a shift in the molecular epidemiology of CPPAE. A total of 212 non-duplicated P. aeruginosa blood isolates were obtained from nine general hospitals and two nursing homes. Twenty-four isolates were identified as CPPAE. We observed the emergence of the NDM-1 P. aeruginosa ST 773 clone (N=10), mostly from Gyeongsang Province. The IMP-6 ST 235 clone (N=11) was detected in all provinces. CPPAE isolates showed very high resistance rates to amikacin, and all NDM-1 P. aeruginosa strains carried rmtB. This is the first nationwide surveillance of the recently emerged NDM-1-producing P. aeruginosa ST773 clone in Korea. Continuous surveillance is necessary to prevent the infection and transmission of carbapenem- and amikacin-resistant P. aeruginosa in Korea.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Annals of laboratory medicine|
|Publication status||Published - 2023 Mar|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was supported by the Research Program funded by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (2020E540600).
© Korean Society for Laboratory Medicine.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Clinical Biochemistry
- Biochemistry, medical