705. Four Superbugs isolated from a Single Patient in the United States: E. coli (EC) and K. pneumoniae (KP) harboring NDM-5, P. aeruginosa (PA) harboring NDM-1 and Candida auris
Session: Poster Abstract Session: Resistance Mechanisms: Gram-Negative
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Room: S Poster Hall
Background: The spread of carbapenem resistance in Enterobacteriacae (CRE) and PA is an urgent public health concern. Candida auris (CA) is also an emerging threat, with the epicenter of US cases on the East Coast. Transcontinental spread of Multi-drug resistant (MDR) organisms has the potential to change local susceptibility patterns via dissemination of resistance determinants or high-risk clones. Here, we report and characterize MDR-isolates of EC, KP, PA and CA, all isolated from a single patient admitted to an ICU in Houston, Texas after complications from plastic surgery in India.

Methods: CRE were isolated from the urine, PA from respiratory cultures and CA from wound cultures. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing was performed on Vitek 2 or by Etest. Synergy testing was done by Aztreonam (ATM) E-test on Mueller-Hinton agar supplemented with 2.2µg/ml avibactam. Bacterial isolates underwent whole genome sequencing on an Illumina MiSeq, and resistance determinants (Abricate using CARD), plasmid replicon types (PlasmidFinder 1.3) and sequence type (Tseemann MLSTtool) were identified. Genes were verified by PCR.

Results: The CRE were resistant to all ß-lactams, including ceftazidime/avibactam (CZA) and ceftolozane/tazobactam. Synergy testing with CZA+ATM reduced the ATM MICs of the EC from >256 to 0.5 µg/ml and the KP from >256 to .094 µg/ml, while the PA ATM MIC was 4 µg/ml irrespective of the presence of avibactam. WGS indicated that the EC and KP shared the blaNDM-5, blaTEM-4, and blaCTX-M-15 β-lactamase genes, as well as IncFII and IncX3 plasmid replicon types. In addition, the EC harbored blaCMY-59, blaOXA-181, qnrS1 and two additional IncB and IncY plasmid replicon types. The PA isolate harbored blaNDM-1, qnrVC1, several aminoglycoside resistance genes and a type 1 integrase. The CA isolate had a fluconazole MIC of >256 µg/ml and a micafungin MIC of 0.125 µg/ml.

Conclusion: Here we report the identification of 4 MDR organisms, including the first reported isolate of CA in Houston, in one patient. The pattern of resistance determinants suggests horizontal transmission of blaNDM-5 between the CRE isolates. Prompt recognition of MDR organisms is imperative to prevent healthcare associated spread.

Ayesha Khan, B.Sc., Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX, Blake Hanson, PhD, Center for Antimicrobial Resistance and Microbial Genomics (CARMiG), UTHealth McGovern Medical School, Houston, TX, An Dinh, BS, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Texas McGovern Medical School at Houston, Houston, TX, Audrey Wanger, PhD, Department of Pathology and Lab Medicine, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, McGovern Medical School, Houston, TX, Luis Ostrosky-Zeichner, MD, FIDSA, FSHEA, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, McGovern Medical School, Houston, TX, William Miller, MD, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, UTHealth McGovern Medical School, Houston, TX and Cesar Arias, MD, PhD, FIDSA, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of Texas McGovern Medical School, Houston, TX


A. Khan, None

B. Hanson, None

A. Dinh, None

A. Wanger, None

L. Ostrosky-Zeichner, None

W. Miller, Merck: Investigator , Research support .

C. Arias, Merck & Co., Inc.: Grant Investigator , Research support . MeMed: Grant Investigator , Research support . Allergan: Grant Investigator , Research support .

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