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Control of an outbreak of Acinetobacter baumannii in a tertiary hospital in northern India

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Abstract: Acinetobacter infection is increasing in hospitals and is now considered a global threat because it is easy to spread and can survive for a long time in the hospital environment due to its multidrug resistance, desiccation resistance and tendency to adhere to inanimate surfaces. Outbreaks caused by multi drug resistant Acinetobacter Bauman (MDRAB) are difficult to control and have high incidence rate and mortality, especially in susceptible hosts. Here, we describe an outbreak of multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii in the burn department of a tertiary hospital in India, followed by investigation and infection control measures to curb the outbreak. Epidemic investigation and environmental sampling are key factors to help determine the epidemic situationction control strategies for control of outbreak. Implementation of contact precautions, hand hygiene, personnel protective equipment, environmental disinfection, isolation of patients, and training of health care workers are effective measures to control the outbreak of MDRAB in burn unit.

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