April 7, 2004
Under The Scope
Acinetobacter anitratus (Acinetobacter calcoaceticus biotype anitratus)
A. anitratus An aerobic gram-negative bacillus widely distributed in nature (soil, sewage, and water) and in the hospital environment. It is able to survive on both moist and dry surfaces and may be part of the normal skin flora of humans.
Colonization and infection with an endemic multiresistant strain of Acinetobacter calcoaceticus variety anitratus had been observed in the surgical intensive care unit of a university hospital since 1982. Causes hospital-acquired respiratory, urinary tract, wound infections, abscesses, and meningitis in debilitated humans.
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Dr. Rajiv R. Sahay, Lab Manager
800-422-7873 ext. 304