Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) in the sewers in Utrecht

Diseases caused by CPE bacteria (carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae) are difficult to treat because they are resistant to antibiotics that are used as last resort treatments. As a result, these resistant bacteria pose a threat to public health and it is therefore important that they do not spread any further among people, animals and in the environment. In the Netherlands, CPE are found to be present in human beings only infrequently. However, measurements carried out in sewage water in the city of Utrecht revealed the presence of particularly resistant CPE bacteria (carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae). This study had been set up and carried out with the help of Parnters4UrbanWater. The results show that CPE are present in the general population, and not restricted to people in health care facilities. Sampling and analysis of sewage water has proven to be an efficient method for determining whether these bacteria are present in the general population. Find the RIVM report here (Dutch with English synopsis).


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