Brief report| Volume 41, ISSUE 12, P1298-1300, December 2013

Clonally related Burkholderia contaminans among ventilated patients without cystic fibrosis

Published:August 23, 2013DOI:
      We investigated a cluster of 10 Burkholderia cepacia complex-positive cultures among ventilated patients and those with a tracheostomy in an acute care hospital. Isolates from 5 patients had outbreak-strain–related Burkholderia contaminans. Isolates of B. cepacia complex unrelated to the outbreak strain were cultured from a sink drain. The investigation identified practices that might have led to contamination of patient respiratory care supplies with tap water, which might have contributed to the cluster.

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