Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Drug-Resistant Acinetobacter Infection Triples in U.S. Hospitals

Cases of a type of drug-resistant bacteria especially common among Iraqi war veterans have tripled in U.S. hospitals, researchers reported on Wednesday.
They found a 300% increase in cases of Acinetobacter that are resistant to imipenem.
"The findings are troubling because they suggest this bacteria is becoming resistant to nearly everything in our arsenal," said Ramanan Laxminarayan of Resources for the Future, a think-tank examining the issue.
He and his colleagues reported on drug-resistant Acinetobacter in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. Their data came from 300 hospitals around the United States.
"There is a lot of attention on MRSA, but less on infections caused by bacteria like Acinetobacter for which there are fewer drugs in the development pipeline," Laxminarayan said.
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 2009.