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Volume 17, Number 6–June 2011
Multidrug-Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii Harboring OXA-24 Carbapenemase, Spain
Joshi Acosta,1 María Merino,1 Esther Viedma, Margarita Poza, Francisca Sanz, Joaquín R. Otero, Fernando Chaves, and Germán Bou
Author affiliations: Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre, Madrid, Spain (J. Acosta, E. Viedma, F. Sanz, J.R. Otero, F. Chaves); and Complejo Hospitalario Universitario La Coruña, La Coruña, Spain (M. Merino, M.
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In February 2006, a patient colonized with a multidrug-resistant sequence type 56 Acinetobacter baumannii strain was admitted to a hospital in Madrid, Spain. This strain spread rapidly and caused a large outbreak in the hospital. Clinicians should be alert for this strain because its spread would have serious health consequences.
The increasing resistance of Acinetobacter baumannii to antimicrobial drugs, including carbapenems (1–3), and resistance to desiccation and disinfectants (4) contribute to its persistence in hospital environments and propensity to cause outbreaks (5,6). In February 2006, a patient colonized with a multidrug-resistant A. baumannii strain was admitted to the medical–surgical intensive care unit (ICU) of a hospital in Madrid, Spain. This strain then spread rapidly, persisted for >30 months, and caused a large outbreak in the hospital. We report details of this outbreak.
MDR A. baumannii, Spain | CDC EID
Suggested Citation for this Article
Acosta J, Merino M, Viedma E, Poza M, Sanz F, Otero JR, et al. Multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii harboring OXA-24 carbapenemase, Spain. Emerg Infect Dis [serial on the Internet]. 2011 Jun [date cited].
1These authors contributed equally to this article.
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