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Clin Microbiol Infect. 2005 Apr;11(4):329-32.

Prevalence of Acinetobacter baumannii and other Acinetobacter spp. in faecal samples from non-hospitalised individuals.

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Department of Infectious Diseases, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, The Netherlands.


In total, 226 individuals from the community were investigated for faecal carriage of Acinetobacter spp. by broth enrichment culture, followed by growth on blood agar and/or Leeds Acinetobacter Medium (LAM). Acinetobacter baumannii was isolated on both LAM and blood agar from one of 100 specimens in the UK and one of 126 specimens in The Netherlands. The predominant species were Acinetobactor johnsonii and genomic sp. 11, which were cultured from 22 and five specimens, respectively. A. baumannii did not seem to be widespread in the faecal flora of individuals in the community.

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