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J Hosp Infect. 1987 Nov;10(3):265-72.

Endemic occurrence of Acinetobacter calcoaceticus biovar anitratus in an intensive care unit.

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Department of Clinical Microbiology, Odense University Hospital, Denmark.


One strain of Acinetobacter calcoaceticus biovar anitratus caused colonization of 111 patients admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) during a 2-year period. All patients were intubated and had received antibiotic therapy prior to colonization. Morbidity due to the organism was about 1%. The colonization rate showed a decreasing trend during the study period, but no seasonal variation. The strain was found in the air in a low concentration and on the hands of 8-13% of the members of the staff. No chronic carriers were found.

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