To evaluate whether skin colonization with
Acinetobacter calcoaceticus-baumanniicomplex exists in a population of healthy, nondeployed US Army soldiers and, if present, how it might relate to the infections seen in current war casualties. Design.
We sampled various skin sites of soldiers to test for the presence of
A. calcoaceticus-baumanniicomplex and to establish the prevalence of colonization. We then used ribotyping and antimicrobial susceptibility profiles to compare the isolates we recovered with A. calcoaceticus-baumanniicomplex isolates from injured soldiers. Setting.
Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
A population of healthy, nondeployed US Army soldiers in training.
A total of 17% of healthy soldiers were found to harbor
A. calcoaceticus-baumanniicomplex. However, the strains differed from those recovered from injured soldiers. Conclusions.
Skin carriage of
A. calcoaceticus-baumanniicomplex exists among soldiers before deployment. However, the difference in the strains isolated from healthy soldiers, compared with the strains from injured soldiers, makes it difficult to identify skin colonization as the source of infection.
- Griffith, Matthew E.
- Ceremuga, Julia M.
- Ellis, Michael
- Guymon, Charles H.
- Hospenthal, Duane R.
- Murray, Clinton K.
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