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Interinstitutional and Intrainstitutional Transmission of a Strain of Acinetobacter baumannii Detected by Molecular Analysis Comparison of Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis and Repetitive Sequence–Based Polymerase Chain Reaction

  • S. Saeed (a1), M. G. Fakih (a1), K. Riederer (a1), A. R. Shah (a1) and R. Khatib (a1)...

Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis and repetitive sequence-based polymerase chain reaction provided comparable strain discrimination with minor discordance in typing Acinetobacter baumannii clinical isolates from patients at our hospital and affiliated institutions. Typing revealed a cluster strain with intrainstitutional and interinstitutional spread during the study period. A long-term acute care facility may have been the reservoir.

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Medical Education, St. John Hospital & Medical Center, 22101 Moross Road, Detroit, MI 48236, (
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Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
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