The Centre for Health Protection
today confirmed a case of New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase-4 (NDM-4) Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae in a 73-year-old man.
The patient travelled to New Delhi on December 26. He fell ill on December 28 and sought medical attention.
Upon arrival in Hong Kong on January 3 he saw private doctor, and was admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital on January 8. The clinical diagnosis was bronchitis and he was discharged on January 10. His condition remains stable.
However, he tested positive for NDM-4 Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae.
It is the 18th case of NDM Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae in Hong Kong and the first NDM-4 case reported to the Centre for Health Protection.
NDM-4 is a variant of NDM found in India.
The centre said proper use of antibiotics and personal hygiene, especially hand hygiene, is important for the prevention of the emergence and cross-transmission of NDM strains.