Seventeen new patients with CPE detected

The latest figures from the National CPE Reference Laboratory have shown that a total of 17 new patients with CPE were detected in the three-week period from  February 19 to March 12, 2018,.

The monthly figures were presented to the National Public Health Emergency Team on Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) which held its 14th meeting this month.

Figures for 2018 show there were 30 patients with newly-confirmed CPE (NCPERLS) in January 2018, compared with 35 in December 2017.  There were 430 patients in total for 2017 versus 282 in 2016.

There was one invasive CPE infection notified in January, compared with three in December. There were 15 notified invasive infections in total for 2017 versus 14 in 2016.

In January 2018, four new acute hospital CPE outbreak events were created compared with two in December. There were 15 new CPE outbreak events created in total for 2017 versus five in 2016.