Background: Bacillus cereus can cause severe infections in immunocompromised persons. Methods: We report 3 cases of bacteremia/septicemia (1 fatal) among oncology patients in a children's hospital. Because all cases occurred during a 10-day period, a common source outbreak was suspected. An epidemiologic investigation was performed. Molecular comparison of patient and environmental isolates was performed by using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis. Results: After an extensive investigation, no common hospital source could be found. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis proved that the isolates were not related. Conclusion: Sporadic infections in immunocompromised persons do occur and can be associated with significant morbidity.
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- Health Policy
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Infectious Diseases