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Importation of Acinetobacter baumannii Into a Burn Unit: A Recurrent Outbreak of Infection Associated With Widespread Environmental Contamination

  • Giorgio Zanetti (a1) (a2), Dominique S. Blanc (a1), Isabelle Federli (a1), Wassim Raffoul (a3), Christiane Petignat (a1), Philippe Maravic (a4), Patrick Francioli (a1) (a2) and Mette M. Berger (a4)...

A burn patient was infected with Acinetobacter baumannii on transfer to the hospital after a terrorist attack. Two patients experienced cross-infection. Environmental swab samples were negative for A. baumannii. Six months later, the bacteria reemerged in 6 Patients. Environmental swab samples obtained at this time were inoculated into a minimal mineral broth, and culture results showed widespread contamination. No case of infection occurred after closure of the unit for disinfection.

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Service of Hospital Preventive Medicine, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, 1011 Lausanne, Switzerland (
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