Nosocomial and Community-acquired Acinetobacter Infections

  • M. L. Joly-Guillou
Part of the Infectious Agents and Pathogenesis book series (IAPA)


Members of the genus Acinetobacterare involved in a wide spectrum of infections. Although this organism is mainly associated with nosocomial infections, these bacteria have been recently shown involved in community-acquired infection. Over 1,000 published papers refer to “infections by antibiotic resistant acinetobacter in the international literature.” This opportunistic commensal bacterium was initially considered a relatively low-grade pathogen and frequently ignored until the 1960s, even when isolated from clinical samples. However, marked improvement in culture techniques in the last 30 years increased awareness of infections due to acinetobacter. Prior to the 1970s, nosocomial infections by this organism were mainly detected after surgical procedures or in the urinary tract from patients hospitalized in intensive care units (ICU), but since the 1980s, acinetobacters were found rapidly spread among ICU patients. At the present time, this bacterium represents about...


Infective Endocarditis Nosocomial Infection Intensive Care Unit Patient Prosthetic Valve Endocarditis Acinetobacter Species 
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  • M. L. Joly-Guillou
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  1. 1.Microbiology DepartmentMedical UniversityAngersFrance

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