Survival of Acinetobacter baumannii on Dry Surfaces

By A. Jawad, H. Seifert, A. M. Snelling, P. M. Hawkey, J. Heritage

  • Survival of Acinetobacter baumannii on Dry Surfaces

Abstract Excerpt

Acinetobacter spp. are important nosocomial pathogens reported with increasing frequency in outbreaks of cross-infection during the past 2 decades. The majority of such outbreaks are caused by Acinetobacter baumannii ... A. baumannii strains, irrespective of their areas of endemicity or epidemic occurrence, have the ability to survive for a long time on dry surfaces. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing showed that A. baumannii outbreak strains were significantly more resistant to various broad-spectrum antimicrobial agents than sporadic strains. Both desiccation tolerance and multidrug resistance may contribute to their maintenance in the hospital setting and may explain in part their propensity to cause prolonged outbreaks of nosocomial infection.

 

Journal of Clinical Microbiology, July 1998, p. 1938-1941, Vol. 36, No. 7


Copyright © 1998, American Society for Microbiology. All rights reserved.

 
A. Jawad - 1

H. Seifert - 2

A. M. Snelling - 1

P. M. Hawkey - 1
J. Heritage* - 1

 

1 - Department of Microbiology, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, United Kingdom

2 - Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hygiene, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
 
* Corresponding author. Mailing address: Department of Microbiology, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, United Kingdom. Phone: 44-113-2335594. Fax: 44-113-2335649. E-mail: j.heritage@leeds.ac.uk.

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