NDM-1-producing Acinetobacter baumannii ST85 now in Turkey, including one isolate from a Syrian refugee

Heydari F., Mammina C., KÖKSAL F.

JOURNAL OF MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY, cilt.64, ss.1027-1029, 2015 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 64
  • Basım Tarihi: 2015
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1099/jmm.0.000132
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.1027-1029


New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase-1 (NDM-1), an acquired class B carbapenennase, is a significant clinical threat owing to the extended hydrolysis of beta-lactams including carbapenems. Here, to the best of our knowledge we describe for the first time in Turkey two NDM-1-producing Acinetobacter baumannii isolates recovered from intensive care unit patients. The presence of bla(NDM-1) was detected by PCR and confirmed by sequencing. The clonal relationship was assessed by PFGE and multilocus sequence typing. Both isolates were positive for bla(NDM-1) and were attributed with the sequence type 85. One isolate was from a Syrian refugee, whereas the second was from a patient who had never travelled outside Turkey. Our findings confirmed that the rapid spread of NDM-1-producing Gram-negative organisms could become a major challenge for the treatment and control of healthcare-associated infections in our geographical area. They suggest also that NDM-1-producing strains and/or their genetic determinants are probably being imported from Syria to neighbouring countries.