U.S. Department of Defense


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Published in Journal of Clinical Microbiology (July 2013) 51:7, p. 2435-2438. DOI:10.1128/JCM.00832-13


We describe the results of a molecular epidemiological survey of 15 carbapenemase-encoding genes from a recent collection of clinical isolates from Mercy Hospital in Bo, Sierra Leone. The most salient findings revealed that (i) 60% of the isolates harbored multiple carbapenemase genes; (ii) the blaDIM-1 gene, which has previously only been reported in The Netherlands, is also circulating in this environment; and (iii) blaOXA-51-like and blaOXA-58 genes, which were thought to reside exclusively in Acinetobacter species, can also be found in members of the Enterobacteriaceae.