Evidence of transmission of an NDM-5-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae in a healthcare facility in New Zealand

Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) are still relatively rarely isolated in New Zealand (NZ). Between 2009 and 2014, only 35 confirmed, non-duplicate isolates were reported to the national CPE surveillance system. However, the prevalence is increasing, with 41 isolates reported in 2015. In NZ to date, the majority of patients with CPE have had a history of hospitalization or travel within countries with a high prevalence of CPE. However, for the first time in 2015, transmission of CPE in NZ healthcare facilities was identified.