Szczypta A(1)(2), Talaga-Ćwiertnia K(3), Kielar M(4), Krzyściak P(3), Gajewska A(5), Szura M(2)(6), Bulanda M(3), Chmielarczyk A(7). Author information:
(1)Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow
University, 30-705 Kraków, Poland.
(2)The Bonifratri Order Hospital of St. John Grande, 31-061 Kraków, Poland.
(3)Jagiellonian University Medical College, Faculty of Medicine, Chair of
Microbiology, Department of Infection Control and Mycology, 31-008 Kraków,
(4)Medical Diagnostic Laboratory with a Bacteriological Unit, St. Louis Regional
Specialised Children's Hospital, 31-503 Kraków, Poland.
(5)Oncogene Diagnostics, 31-546 Kraków, Poland.
(6)Jagiellonian University Medical College, Department of Clinical and
Experimental Surgery, 31-008 Kraków, Poland.
(7)Jagiellonian University Medical College, Faculty of Medicine, Chair of
Microbiology, Department of Bacteriology, Microbial Ecology and Parasitology,
31-008 Kraków, Poland.
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: The genus Acinetobacter demonstrates resistance to antibiotics and has been shown to spread in the hospital environment causing epidemic outbreaks among hospitalized patients. The objectives of the present study was to investigate the antibiotic resistance, biofilm formation, and clonality among Acinetobacter baumannii strains. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study involved 6 (I Outbreak) and 3 (II Outbreak) A. baumannii strains isolated from patients hospitalized in vascular surgery unit. RESULTS: All tested A. baumannii strains were extensively drug resistant (XDR) and all the isolates were carbapenem-resistant and among them, all carried the blaOXA-51 gene, the blaOXA-24 gene, as well as the blaOXA-23 gene. All of the investigated strains had the ability to form a biofilm, but all of them produced less biofilm than the reference strain. Multi-locus sequence typing (MLST) showed that all strains belonged to the ST2 clone. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) divided the tested outbreak strains into two clones (A and B). CONCLUSION: This study shows a nosocomial spread of XDR A. baumannii ST2 having the blaOXA-51 gene, the blaOXA-24 gene, as well as the blaOXA-23 gene, low biofilm formers, that was prevalent in the vascular surgery unit. To identify the current situation of vascular surgery departments targeted epidemiological investigation was needed. Effective implementation of infection control prevented the spread of the epidemic outbreaks.
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