[Identification of carbapenem-resistant genes in enterobacteria from peruvian hospitals, 2013-2017].

Research paper by Rosa R Sacsaquispe-Contreras, Henri H Bailón-Calderón

Indexed on: 06 Sep '18Published on: 06 Sep '18Published in: Revista peruana de medicina experimental y salud publica


The global spread of carbapenemases is a significant public health concern. The aim of this report is to describe the presence of KPC-type carbapenem-resistant genes and enterobacteria isolated in 12 hospitals and forwarded to the Peruvian National Institute of Health's National Infection Reference Laboratory during the period between 2013 and 2017. The strains were identified by conventional methods; antimicrobial resistance was determined by phenotypic and biochemical methods. The presence of resistant genes was detected by conventional PCR. Eighty-three (83) strains harboring carbapenemases were identified: 26 (31.3%) carrying the blaKPC gene, 56 (67.5%) the blaNDM gene, and one strain (1.2%) with the blaIMP gene. This is the first report that shows the circulating carbapenemases genes in Hospitals in Peru of cases submitted for their confirmation to the National Reference Laboratory, so it is necessary to improve the surveillance to better understand their situation in our country.