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Outbreak of Burkholderia cepacia Bloodstream Infection at an Outpatient Hematology and Oncology Practice

  • Karon Abe (a1) (a2), Melissa Tobin D'Angelo (a1), Rebecca Sunenshine (a3), Judith Noble-Wang (a3), James Cope (a1), Bette Jensen (a3) and Arjun Srinivasan (a3)...


We investigated an outbreak of infection in 10 patients with blood cultures positive for B. cepacia. All patients had indwelling intravenous catheters. Though we did not identify the source of the organism, our findings support the hypothesis that cross-contamination of multidose medications through the use of the same needle and syringe was a contributing factor.


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