, Volume 42, Issue 3, pp 529–534 | Cite as

First documented outbreak of KPC-2-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae in Switzerland: infection control measures and clinical management

  • E. Lemmenmeier
  • P. Kohler
  • T. Bruderer
  • D. Goldenberger
  • G.-R. Kleger
  • M. Schlegel
Brief Report


We report the epidemiological and clinical features of the first outbreak of Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase-producing K. pneumoniae (KPC-KP) type 2 in Switzerland. The outbreak took place in the medical intensive care unit (MICU) of our tertiary care hospital and affected three severely ill patients. After the implementation of strict infection control measures, no further patients colonised with KPC-KP could be detected by the screening of exposed patients. Successful treatment of patients infected with KPC-KP consisted of a combination therapy of meropenem, colistin and tigecycline.


Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) KPC Klebsiella pneumoniae Outbreak Switzerland Infection control 



The authors would like to thank Lauren Clack for the language support.

Conflict of interest

There was no financial support and the authors have no potential conflicts of interest to declare.

Ethical approval

No formal informed consent was obtained from the patients, as this evaluation was considered to be within the context of the overall quality control system instituted at the hospital.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Lemmenmeier
    • 1
  • P. Kohler
    • 2
  • T. Bruderer
    • 3
  • D. Goldenberger
    • 4
  • G.-R. Kleger
    • 2
  • M. Schlegel
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Infectious Diseases and Infection Control, Department of Internal MedicineCantonal Hospital St. GallenSt. GallenSwitzerland
  2. 2.Medical Intensive Care UnitCantonal Hospital St. GallenSt. GallenSwitzerland
  3. 3.Department of Bacteriology, Mycology and ParasitologyCenter of Laboratory Medicine St. GallenSt. GallenSwitzerland
  4. 4.Laboratory of Clinical MicrobiologyUniversity Hospital BaselBaselSwitzerland

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