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Use of Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis in Infection Control Issues Concerning Burkholderia cepacia

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2015

Adam Jenney*
Affiliation:
Microbiology Department, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Department of Microbiology and Immunology, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Lisa Liolios
Affiliation:
Infectious Diseases Unit, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Denis Spelman
Affiliation:
Microbiology Department, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Infectious Diseases Unit, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Philip Russo
Affiliation:
Infectious Diseases Unit, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
John Wilson
Affiliation:
Respiratory Unit, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Steven Wesselingh
Affiliation:
Infectious Diseases Unit, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Tom Kotsimbos
Affiliation:
Respiratory Unit, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
*
Microbiology Department, The Alfred Hospital, Commercial Road, Prahran, Victoria 3181, Australia

Abstract

There was concern that nosocomial person-to-person transmission of Burkholderia cepacia had occurred when two patients with cystic fibrosis shared a bathroom. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis demonstrated that the two isolates were unrelated. Subsequent testing of 34 stored isolates of B. cepacia demonstrated that no particular clone predominated in our hospital.

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Copyright © The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America 2003

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