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Surveillance and genomic analysis of third-generation Cephalosporin-Resistant and Carbapenem-Resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae complex in Germany

Xanthopoulou K, Imirzalioglu C, Walker SV, Behnke M, Dinkelacker AG,  Eisenbeis S, Gastmeier P, Gölz H, Käding N, Kern WV, Kola A, Kramme E,  Lucassen K, Mischnik A, Peter S, Rohde AM, Rupp J, Tacconelli E, Tobys  D, Vehreschild MJGT, Wille J, Seifert H, Higgins PG; DZIF R-Net Study  Group

Abstract: To analyse the epidemiology and population structure of third-generation  cephalosporin-resistant (3GCR) and carbapenem-resistant (CR) Klebsiella pneumoniae complex isolates, patients were screened for rectal colonisation with 3GCR/CR K. pneumoniae complex on admission to six German university hospitals (2016-2019). Also collected were 3GCR/CR and susceptible K. pneumoniae isolates from patients with bloodstream infections (2016-2018).  Whole-genome sequencing was performed followed by multilocus sequencing  typing (MLST), core-genome MLST, and resistome and virulome analysis.  The admission prevalence of 3GCR K. pneumoniae complex isolates  during the 4-year study period was 0.8%, and 1.0 bloodstream infection  per 1000 patient admissions was caused by K. pneumoniae complex (3GCR prevalence, 15.1%). A total of seven K. pneumoniae complex bloodstream isolates were CR (0.8%). The majority of colonising and bloodstream 3GCR isolates were identified as K. pneumoniae, 96.7% and 98.8%, respectively; the remainder were K. variicola and K. quasipneumoniae.  cgMLST showed a polyclonal population of colonising and bloodstream  isolates, which was also reflected by MLST and virulome analysis.  CTX-M-15 was the most prevalent extended-spectrum beta-lactamase, and  29.7% of the colonising and 48.8% of the bloodstream isolates were  high-risk clones. The present study provides an insight into the  polyclonal 3GCR K. pneumoniae population in German hospitals.

Keywords: Klebsiella pneumoniae complex; bloodstream infections; carbapenem resistance; colonisation; third-generation cephalosporin resistance; typing.

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