Community-acquired bacteremic Acinetobacter pneumonia in tropical Australia is caused by diverse strains of Acinetobacter baumannii, with carriage in the throat in at-risk groups

Nicholas Anstey, Bart Currie, Marilyn Hassell, Didier Palmer, Brian Dwyer, Harald Seifert

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Abstract

Acinetobacter isolates from eight subjects with community-acquired Acinetobacter pneumonia (CAAP), a major cause of fatal community- acquired pneumonia in tropical Australia, were phenotypically and genotypically confirmed by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis analysis to be broadly diverse Acinetobacter baumannii strains. Wet-season throat carriage of A. baumannii was found in 10% of community residents with excess levels of alcohol consumption, the major at-risk group for CAAP.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)685-686
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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