Household transmission of NDM-producing E. coli in New Zealand

This report describes the introduction of an extensively antibiotic-resistant carbapenemase-producing Escherichia coli into a hospital in Auckland, New Zealand, by a patient who was a household contact of recent travellers to the Indian subcontinent. The carbapenemase was identified as New Delhi metallo beta-lactamase (NDM) and reflects probable household transmission in the context of a recent upsurge in NDM-producing Enterobacteriaceae isolation in New Zealand. The observations in this report suggest that hospital screening practices to identify carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) colonised patients may need to be extended to include travellers to high-risk countries who were not hospitalised during their trip, and possibly also their close contacts.