High prevalence of PER-1 extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing Acinetobacter spp. in Korea

Dongeun Yong, Jong Hee Shin, Sinyoung Kim, Youngsik Lim, Jong Hwa Yum, Kyungwon Lee, Yunsop Chong, Adolf Bauernfeind

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PER-1, an extended-spectrum β-lactamase, has been reported only in Europe. We detected PER-1 in 53 of 97 acinetobacters in Korea, mainly in the sputum of intensive care unit patients. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis analysis suggested that clonal spread had occurred. Only PCR reliably detected PER-1 producers. PER-1 producers may also exist in other Asian countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1749-1751
Number of pages3
JournalAntimicrobial agents and chemotherapy
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2003 May 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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