Letter to Editor
Community-Acquired Acinetobacter baumannii Infections in Northern CaliforniaAlex Studemeister*
Division of Infectious Diseases, San Jose Medical Group, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Alex Studemeister
Division of Infectious Diseases, San Jose Medical Group
Department of Medicine, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
San Jose, CA, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: July 06, 2013; Accepted Date: August 14, 2013; Published Date: August 16, 2013
Citation: Studemeister A (2013) Community-Acquired Acinetobacter baumannii Infections in Northern California. Clin Microbial 2:126. doi: 10.4172/2327-5073.1000126
Copyright: © 2013 Studemeister A. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Acinetobacter baumannii is an emerging pathogen which causes serious healthcare-associated infections, and less commonly, community-acquired infections, especially in tropical and subtropical climates. A description of the epidemiological and clinical characteristics of patients with A. baumannii community-acquired infections, cared for a medical center located in Northern California, is presented. A total of 52 cases were identified, 11 (215) of which were community-acquired. Community-acquired A. baumannii infections caused a variety of serious clinical syndromes; most commonly wound infections, but also urinary tract infections, pneumonia and septic shock. Most cases were associated with comorbidities such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes mellitus and alcoholism. Although multi-drug resistance was seen in 20% of healthcar e-associated infections, all of the community-acquired infections were caused by fully susceptible strains.