Sunday, January 22, 2006


Rare bacteria species found in wounds of tsunami patients. Predominance of gram-negative rods, increased antibiotic resistance


Article in Swedish

Kallman O, Lundberg C, Wretlind B, Ortqvist A.

Avdelningen for klinisk mikrobiologi, Karolinska Universitetslaboratoriet, Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset Solna, Stockholm, Sweden. owe.kallman@karolinska.seMicrobiological cultures from 229 patients seeking medical advise in Stockholm after the tsunami catastrophe December 2004 were analysed at the Clinical microbiology laboratory, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden. Gram-negative rods were the most common findings from wound cultures. Common human pathogens as Escherichia coli, Proteus species, Klebsiella spp, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa were isolated. However, more rare species of gram-negative rods were also isolated, e.g. Myroides odoratus, Sphingomonas paucimobilis and Bergeyella zoohelcum. Resistance towards ordinary antibiotics was higher compared to our Swedish reference material for Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Proteus mirabilis and Acinetobacter spp, but not for Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Possibly, this reflects that the resistant isolates were nosocomially acquired in Asia.
PMID: 16416946

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