Update on KPC in Brazil’s Federal District

In the capital city of Brazil, the Department of Health has acknowledged an increase (English translation) of hospital related bacterial infections, triggering warnings and widespread concern amongst patients and clinics alike. The bacteria has been identified as Klebsiella Pneumoniae Carbapenemase (KPC). The Secretary of Health for the Federal District announced on October 16th that the number of suspected cases of KPC has ballooned to 135 in the Federal District alone, and now a total of 16 hospitals (9 public hospitals and 7 private hospitals) within the Federal District have been identified as hosts of KPC.

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