NDM-2 carbapenemase-producing Acinetobacter baumannii in the United Arab Emirates

A. Ghazawi, Á Sonnevend, R. A. Bonnin, L. Poirel, P. Nordmann, R. Hashmey, T. A. Rizvi, M. B Hamadeh, T. Pál

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Screening 155 carbapenem non-susceptible Acinetobacter baumannii strains recovered in Abu Dhabi hospitals identified two metallo-ß-lactamase blaNDM gene-carrying isolates. They were isolated 4months apart from the urine of a cancer patient previously treated in Egypt, Lebanon and in the United Arab Emirates. They were clonally related and carried the blaNDM-2 gene recently identified in A. baumannii in Egypt and Israel. Sequences surrounding the blaNDM-2 gene showed significant similarities with those associated with blaNDM-1 in Enterobacteriaceae and A. baumannii. Repeated isolation of blaNDM-2-positive A. baumannii in the Middle East raises the possibility of the local emergence and spread of a unique clone.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E34-E36
JournalClinical Microbiology and Infection
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012


  • Acinetobacter
  • Carbapenemase
  • Middle East
  • Multidrug resistant
  • NDM-2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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