The role of Acinetobacter baumannii as a nosocomial pathogen for dogs and cats in an intensive care unit.

Francey, Thierry; Gaschen, F; Nicolet, Jacques; Burnens, André (2000). The role of Acinetobacter baumannii as a nosocomial pathogen for dogs and cats in an intensive care unit. Journal of veterinary internal medicine, 14(2), pp. 177-183. Wiley-Blackwell

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Acinetobacter baumannii is a nosocomial pathogen associated with high morbidity and mortality in humans. Whereas infections with strains of Acinetobacter species have been reported in various situations, the importance of A baumannii as a nosocomial pathogen in veterinary hospitals has not been studied so far. In this retrospective case series, we describe 17 dogs and 2 cats from which A baumannii had been isolated during a 2 1/2-year period. In 7 dogs, A baumannii induced systemic signs of illness, whereas 12 animals showed signs of local infection. In all animals with systemic infection, and in 2 with localized infection, A baumannii contributed to the death of the animal or contributed to euthanasia; the remaining 8 dogs and both cats recovered. Molecular typing of the isolates with restriction polymorphisms of ribosomal DNA provided evidence of nosocomial spread of this pathogen and for the presence of several strains of A baumannii in the hospital environment.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP) > Institute of Veterinary Bacteriology
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > Small Animal Clinic > Small Animal Clinic, Internal Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

Francey, Thierry; Gaschen, F; Nicolet, Jacques and Burnens, André

Subjects:

600 Technology > 630 Agriculture
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

0891-6640

Publisher:

Wiley-Blackwell

Language:

English

Submitter:

Thierry Francey-Spicher

Date Deposited:

27 Oct 2014 14:02

Last Modified:

10 Sep 2017 07:49

PubMed ID:

10772490

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Antibiotic resistance, Bacteriology, Epidemiology, Infectious disease

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.59587

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/59587

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