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SAMJ: South African Medical Journal

On-line version ISSN 2078-5135
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MOOLMAN, Johan  and  PITOUT, Johann. Pathogens chipping away at our last line of defence - the rise of the metallo-beta-lactamases. SAMJ, S. Afr. med. j. [online]. 2012, vol.102, n.1, pp.27-27. ISSN 2078-5135.

We describe the first known report of a VIM1 metallo-betalactamase-producing Klebsiella pneumonia outside Europe - confirmed by our colleagues in Canada. The patient had no travel history, and surveillance failed to identify additional cases. The importance of healthcare professionals being diligent in identifying these multi-drug resistant isolates is emphasised.

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