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Household Transmission of Carbapenemase-Producing Enterobacterales (CPE) in Ontario, Canada

Alainna J Jamal, Amna Faheem, Lubna Farooqi, Xi Zoe Zhong, Irene Armstrong, David A Boyd, Emily Borgundvaag, Brenda L Coleman, Karen Green, Kithsiri Jayasinghe, Jennie Johnstone, Kevin Katz, Philipp Kohler, Chandra Salian, Laura Mataseje, Roberto Melano, Matthew P Muller, Michael R Mulvey, Sarah Nayani, Samir N Patel, Aimee Paterson, Susan Poutanen, Anu Rebbapragada, David Richardson, Alicia Sarabia, Shumona Shafinaz, Andrew E Simor, Barbara M Willey, Laura Wisely & Allison J McGeer


Data on household transmission of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacterales (CPE) remain limited. We studied the risk of CPE household co-colonization and transmission in Ontario, Canada.

We enrolled CPE index cases (identified via population-based surveillance from January 2015 to October 2018) and their household contacts. At months 0, 3, 6, 9, and 12, participants provided rectal and groin swabs. Swabs were cultured for CPE until September 2017, when direct PCR (with culture of specimens if a carbapenemase gene was detected) replaced culture. Data regarding CPE risk factors were collected by interview and combined with isolate whole-genome sequencing to determine likelihood of household transmission. A multivariable logistic regression model with generalized estimating equations was used to explore risk factors for household contact colonization.

Ninety-five households with 177 household contacts participated. Sixteen (9%) household contacts in 16 (17%) households were CPE-colonized. Household transmission was confirmed in 3/177 (2%) cases, probable in 2/177 (1%), possible in 9/177 (5%), and unlikely in 2/177 (1%). Household contacts were more likely to be colonized if they were the index case's spouse (OR 6.17, 95% CI 1.05-36.35), if their index case remained CPE-colonized at the time of household enrollment (OR 7.00, 95% CI 1.92-25.49), or if they had at least one set of specimens processed after direct PCR was introduced (OR 6.46, 95% CI 1.52-27.40).

Nine percent of household contacts were CPE-colonized; 3% were a result of household transmission. Hospitals may consider admission screening for patients known to have CPE-colonized household contacts.
citation Jamal A J, Faheem A, Farooqi L, Zhong X Z, Armstrong I, Boyd D A, Borgundvaag E, Coleman B L, Green K, Jayasinghe K, Johnstone J, Katz K, Kohler P, Salian C, Mataseje L, Melano R, Muller M P, Mulvey M R, Nayani S, Patel S N, Paterson A, Poutanen S, Rebbapragada A, Richardson D, Sarabia A, Shafinaz S, Simor A E, Willey B M, Wisely L, McGeer A J. Household Transmission of Carbapenemase-Producing Enterobacterales (CPE) in Ontario, Canada. Clin Infect Dis 2020;.
type journal paper/review (English)
date of publishing 01-09-2020
journal title Clin Infect Dis
ISSN electronic 1537-6591
PubMed 32869855
DOI 10.1093/cid/ciaa1295