VIM-4 carbapenemase-producing Enterobacter cloacae in the United Arab Emirates

Á Sonnevend, A. Ghazawi, N. Yahfoufi, A. Al-Baloushi, R. Hashmey, M. Mathew, W. Z. Tariq, T. Pál

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Screening 34 carbapenem non-susceptible Enterobacteriaceae recovered in Abu Dhabi hospitals identified an Enterobacter cloacae strain carrying blaVIM-4, blaCMY-4 and blaCTX-M-15. It was isolated from the urine of an Egyptian patient repeatedly hospitalized and treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics, including carbapenems, in the United Arab Emirates. The blaVIM-4 coding class I integron, highly similar to In416, was carried on a 175-kilobase non-conjugative incA/C type plasmid also hybridizing with the blaCMY-4 probe. This is the first detailed report on the isolation of a Verona integron-encoded metallo-β-lactamase (VIM) -producing enteric bacterium in the Arabian Peninsula with characteristics suggestive of spreading from the Mediterranean region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E494-E496
JournalClinical Microbiology and Infection
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Carbapenemase
  • Enterobacter
  • Middle East
  • Multi-drug resistance
  • VIM-4

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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