Emergence of Klebsiella pneumoniae carrying blaVIM and blaKPC genes

Hippokratia 2010; 14 (2): 139-140

G. Meletis, E. Tzampaz, E. Protonotariou, D. Sofianou


A Klebsiella pneumoniae clinical isolate resistant to imipenem was recovered from a wound sample. The patient, a 57-year-old man, underwent a surgical resection of small bowel and sigmoid colon and was treated with multiple courses of antimicrobials. PCR analysis revealed that the clinical isolate was carrying simultaneously blaVIM-1, blaKPC-2, blaSHV and blaTEM genes. The concomitant presence of these genes is alarming and poses therapeutic as well as infection control problems.