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A common source outbreak of Acinetobacter pulmonary infections traced to Wright respirometers.
  1. B. A. Cunha,
  2. J. J. Klimek,
  3. J. Gracewski,
  4. J. C. McLaughlin,
  5. R. Quintiliani

    Abstract

    Over a 30-day period, Acinetobacter calcoaceticus var. antiratus was the responsible pathogen for hospital-acquired pneumonia in 10 patients, and resulted in the colonization of the upper respiratory tract in an additional 9 patients. Wright respirometers contaminated by this organism were shown to be the common source for the outbreak as indicated by the recovery of a single serotype (8J), the inability to recover Acinetobacter from any other environmental source, and the demonstration that moisturized Wright respirometers are capable of "aerosolizing" fluids containing Acinetobacter.

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