By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Mexican authorities are reporting anitibiotic-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii in two hospitals that has resulted in fatalities, according to a Saludiario report (computer translated).
The Regional Hospital Dr. Juan Graham Casasús in Villahermosa, Tabasco have reported nine cases recently, including three deaths. Officials note that the fatalities are not due to the “superbug”.
In addition, the General Hospital “Dr. Carlos Canseco” in Tampico, Mexico recorded four deaths of babies due to Acinetobacter baumannii infection.
Outbreaks of Acinetobacter infections typically occur in intensive care units and healthcare settings housing very ill patients.
Acinetobacter causes a variety of diseases, ranging from pneumonia to serious blood or wound infections, and the symptoms vary depending on the disease. Acinetobacter may also “colonize” or live in a patient without causing infection or symptoms, especially in tracheostomy sites or open wounds.
Acinetobacter poses very little risk to healthy people. However, people who have weakened immune systems, chronic lung disease, or diabetes may be more susceptible to infections with Acinetobacter. Hospitalized patients, especially very ill patients on a ventilator, those with a prolonged hospital stay, those who have open wounds, or any person with invasive devices like urinary catheters are also at greater risk for Acinetobacter infection.
Acinetobacter is often resistant to many commonly prescribed antibiotics.