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Virulence. 2012 May 1;3(3):243-50. doi: 10.4161/viru.19700. Epub 2012 May 1.

Acinetobacter baumannii: an emerging opportunistic pathogen.

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Department of Biological Sciences, Cork Institute of Technology, Bishopstown, Cork, Ireland.

Abstract

Acinetobacter baumannii is an opportunistic bacterial pathogen primarily associated with hospital-acquired infections. The recent increase in incidence, largely associated with infected combat troops returning from conflict zones, coupled with a dramatic increase in the incidence of multidrug-resistant (MDR) strains, has significantly raised the profile of this emerging opportunistic pathogen. Herein, we provide an overview of the pathogen, discuss some of the major factors that have led to its clinical prominence and outline some of the novel therapeutic strategies currently in development.

PMID:
22546906
PMCID:
PMC3442836
DOI:
10.4161/viru.19700
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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