No evidence of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae in stool samples of 1,544 asylum seekers arriving in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, April 2016 to March, 2017

Lutz Ehlkes, Yvonne Pfeifer, Guido Werner, Ralf Ignatius, Manfred Vogt, Tim Eckmanns, Philipp Zanger & Jan Walter
Introduction: Since 2015, increased migration from Asia and Africa to Europe has raised public health concerns about potential importation of extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (ESBL-PE), specifically those producing carbapenemases (C-PE), into European hospitals. Aims: To inform infection control practices about ESBL-PE prevalence in asylum seekers and to investigate whether C-PE prevalence exceeds that in the German population. Methods: Cross-sectional study from April 2016–March 2017. Routinely collected stool samples from asylum seekers were tested for antibiotic resistant...
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