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New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase-producing enterobacteriaceae in an Australian child who had not travelled overseas

Christopher C Blyth, Lynette Pereira and Namraj Goire
Med J Aust 2014; 200 (7): 386. || doi: 10.5694/mja13.11053
Published online: 14 April 2014

To the Editor: The editorial by Looke and colleagues in the 18 March 2013 issue of the Journal highlighted the increasing threat of gram-negative resistance.1 Since its description in 2009,2 gram-negative bacteria carrying the gene for New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase-1 (NDM-1) production have been observed globally. To date, a small number of cases have been reported in adults in Australia.3-5 In all cases, patients travelled to the Indian subcontinent; many required hospitalisation for their infection. We report the first case of NDM-1-producing Enterobacteriaceae in a young infant who had not travelled outside Australia.

  • Christopher C Blyth1,0,0,2
  • Lynette Pereira2
  • Namraj Goire3

  • 1 School of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA.
  • 2 PathWest Laboratory Medicine WA, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Perth, WA.
  • 3 Department of Microbiology, PathWest Laboratory Medicine WA, QEII Medical Centre, Perth, WA.


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