Bradbury, RS and French, LP and Blizzard, L, Prevalence of Acanthamoeba spp. in Tasmanian intensive care clinical specimens, Journal of Hospital Infection, 86, (3) pp. 178-181. ISSN 0195-6701 (2014) [Refereed Article]
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AIM: To explore the possibility of colonization of the respiratory and urinary tracts of intensive care patients with free-living amoebae.
METHODS: Thirty-nine catheter urines, 50 endotracheal trap sputa and one general ward sputum sample from 45 patients and nine intensive care unit (ICU) environmental water samples were collected during a four-and-half-month period in the Royal Hobart Hospital from August 2011.
FINDINGS: Acanthamoebae were isolated by culture and detected by polymerase chain reaction in two sputum samples from a single patient, taken one week apart. A single Acanthamoeba species isolate was detected by culture only from the ICU environment.
CONCLUSION: Colonization of ICU patients' respiratory tracts with Acanthamoeba spp. does occur. This may have significance for the role of acanthamoebae as a source of bacterial pathogens in intensive therapy patients' respiratory tracts.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||Acanthamoeba; Healthcare-acquired infection; Intensive care; Nosocomial; Respiratory; Urinary|
|Research Division:||Medical and Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Cardiorespiratory Medicine and Haematology|
|Research Field:||Respiratory Diseases|
|Objective Group:||Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions)|
|Objective Field:||Respiratory System and Diseases (incl. Asthma)|
|UTAS Author:||Bradbury, RS (Dr Richard Bradbury)|
|UTAS Author:||Blizzard, L (Professor Leigh Blizzard)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||6|
|Deposited By:||Menzies Institute for Medical Research|
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