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Community acquisition of ESBL-producing Escherichia coli: a growing concern

Justin T Denholm, Michael Huysmans and Denis Spelman
Med J Aust 2009; 190 (1): 45-46.
Published online: 5 January 2009

To the Editor: Extended-spectrum-β-lactamases (ESBLs) are enzymes capable of hydrolysing penicillins, broad-spectrum cephalosporins and monobactams. Worldwide, ESBL-producing organisms are posing an increasing challenge for empirical antibiotic use and infection control.

  • Justin T Denholm
  • Michael Huysmans
  • Denis Spelman

  • Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.

Correspondence: j.denholm@alfred.org.au

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