Klebsiella pneumoniae Harboring Carbapenemase Genes in Taiwan: Its Evolution over 20 Years, 1998–2019

Chih Cheng Lai, Wen Liang Yu

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Klebsiella pneumoniae (K. pneumoniae) is an important pathogen causing various types of human infections in Taiwan. Carbapenemases have increasingly been reported in Enterobacterales in the past two decades. Carbapenemase-producing K. pneumoniae (CPKP), a major resistance concern that has emerged during the last decade, has become a global threat, with its related infections associated with high morbidity and mortality; however, therapeutic options for CPKP-associated infections are limited. Carbapenemases – including K. pneumoniae carbapenemases (KPC)-2, New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase (NDM)-1, Verona integron-encoded metallo-β-lactamase (VIM)-1, imipenemase (IMP)-1, and oxacillinase (OXA)-48 – have been reported worldwide, with a marked prevalence in different countries or areas of the world. Understanding the epidemiology of carbapenemase producers is important for the prevention of their expansion. This review examined the evolution of CPKP in the last two decades to better understand the role of CPKP in Taiwan. It discovered that the endemicity has changed from IMP-8, NDM-1 and VIM-1 to the most common KPC-2 and rapidly emerging OXA-48. Resistance epidemiology, genetic background, virulence factors, therapy, and outcomes are discussed in this paper.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106354
JournalInternational Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021


  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Carbapenemase
  • Klebsiella pneumoniae
  • KPC-2
  • OXA-48

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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