Emergence of #ceftazidime – #avibactam- #resistant #Klebsiella pneumoniae during #treatment, #Finland, December 2018 (Euro Surveill., abstract)

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Emergence of ceftazidime-avibactam-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae during treatment, Finland, December 2018

Kati Räisänen 1, Irma Koivula 2, Heikki Ilmavirta 3, Santeri Puranen 4, Teemu Kallonen 1,5, Outi Lyytikäinen 1, Jari Jalava 1

Affiliations: 1 Department of Health Security, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Helsinki, Finland; 2 Kuopio University Hospital, Unit of Infections and Hospital hygiene, Kuopio University Hospital, Kuopio, Finland; 3 Eastern Finland laboratory Centre, Kuopio, Finland; 4 Aalto University, Department of Computer Science, Espoo, Finland; 5 Department of Biostatistics, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

Correspondence:  Kati Räisänen

Citation style for this article: Räisänen Kati, Koivula Irma, Ilmavirta Heikki, Puranen Santeri, Kallonen Teemu, Lyytikäinen Outi, Jalava Jari. Emergence of ceftazidime-avibactam-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae during treatment, Finland, December 2018. Euro Surveill. 2019;24(19):pii=1900256. https://doi.org/10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2019.24.19.1900256

Received: 24 Apr 2019;   Accepted: 07 May 2019



In December 2018, a ceftazidime-avibactam (CAZ-AVI)-resistant KPC-2-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae strain was isolated in Finland. CAZ-AVI resistance was observed 34 days after CAZ-AVI treatment in a trauma patient transferred from a hospital in Greece who had been colonised with blaKPC-2-producing K. pneumoniae ST39, and later developed a bloodstream infection. The CAZ-AVI-resistant strain contained a novel 15 amino acid insertion in the KPC-2 protein causing structural changes proximal to the KPC-2 active site.

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Keywords: Antibiotics; Drugs Resistance; Ceftazidime; Avibactam; Klebsiella pneumoniae; Greece; Finland.


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