|Description:||This illustration depicts a three-dimensional (3D)|
computer-generated image of four multidrug-resistant
Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria. The artistic recreation
was based upon scanning electron micrographic imagery.
Note the presence of numbers of thin, diaphanous fimbriae
emanating from the organisms’ cell wall, as well as a single,
corkscrew-shaped flagellum, which provides for the
bacteria’s unipolar mode of motility.P. aeruginosa is a common cause of healthcare-associated
infections including pneumonia, bloodstream infections,
urinary tract infections, and surgical site infections.
Some strains of P. aeruginosa have been found to be resistant
to nearly all or all antibiotics including aminoglycosides,
cephalosporins, fluoroquinolones, and carbapenems.
Approximately 8% of all healthcare-associated infections
reported to CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network
are caused by P. aeruginosa.
About 13% of severe healthcare-associated infections caused
by P. aeruginosa are multidrug resistant, meaning several
classes of antibiotics no longer cure these infections.