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Investigation into Acinetobacter baumannii

April 26, 2012 11:10 AM

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NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde public health and infection control teams are investigating three cases of Acinetobacter baumannii in patients at the Victoria Infirmary.

The patients involved have been isolated but are not giving any cause for concern as a result of the A. baumannii.  All appropriate infection control measure are in place and the situation is being closely monitored.


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Notes to editors

Acinetobacter is readily found in the environment.  It is also commonly found as a harmless coloniser on the skin of healthy people and usually poses few risks.  Acinetobacter infections in the community are very rare. 

Drug resistant strains of Acinetobacter are more difficult to treat and infection control precautions are aimed at preventing the spread of bacterial resistance as often the bacteria is not causing infection. Hospitalised patients, especially those with weakened immune systems may be at a greater risk of infection.   

For further information either tel: 0141 201 4429 or email:  press.office@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

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