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Microorganisms 2013, 1(1), 158-161; doi:10.3390/microorganisms1010158

Control of a Multi-Drug-Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii Outbreak after Orthopedics Department Relocation

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Department of Clinical Microbiology, Veroia General Hospital, Veroia 59100, Greece
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Orthopedics Department, Veroia General Hospital, Veroia 59100, Greece
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Received: 6 September 2013 / Revised: 13 November 2013 / Accepted: 22 November 2013 / Published: 2 December 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances and New Perspectives in Microbial Research)
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Abstract

Acinetobacter baumannii clinical isolates have the ability to survive in the hospital niche for prolonged time periods and to develop resistance against multiple antimicrobial agents. Therefore, A. baumannii has emerged as an important cause of nosocomial outbreaks worldwide, especially in critical-care environments such as intensive care units. In the present communication, we report a multi-drug-resistant A. baumannii outbreak that occurred in an orthopedics department in Greece after the admission of a patient previously hospitalized in the intensive care unit of a Greek tertiary care hospital. Despite the implementation of infection control measures, 29 patients were infected, significantly raising their hospitalization periods and treatment costs. Interestingly, the outbreak was put under control after the department’s previously programmed relocation.
Keywords: Acinetobacter baumannii; outbreak; orthopedics Acinetobacter baumannii; outbreak; orthopedics
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Gogou, V.; Meletis, G.; Tsitouras, D. Control of a Multi-Drug-Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii Outbreak after Orthopedics Department Relocation. Microorganisms 2013, 1, 158-161.

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