Patients with Acinetobacter baumannii bloodstream infections are colonized in the gastrointestinal tract with identical strains

Kerri A. Thom, William W L Hsiao, Anthony D. Harris, O. Colin Stine, David A. Rasko, J. Kristie Johnson

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Abstract

In this study, we identified critically ill patients with Acinetobacter baumannii bacteremia and examined perirectal surveillance cultures for the presence of genetically related A baumannii strains using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis to determine whether gut colonization preceded clinical infection. Seven patients with imipenem-resistant A baumannii bacteremia were identified from January to June of 2008. Six of 7 (86%) patients were colonized in the gastrointestinal tract with genetically similar strains preceding their bacteremia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)751-753
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
Volume38
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Acinetobacter baumannii
  • hospital epidemiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy

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