Colonization of Libyan civil war casualties with multidrug-resistant bacteria



Koole K, Ellerbroek PM, Lagendijk R, Leenen LP, Ekkelenkamp MB.


Clin Microbiol Infect. 2013 Jul;19(7):E285-7. doi: 10.1111/1469-0691.12135. Epub 2013 Feb 15.


In November 2011 51 Libyan war casualties were admitted to the Major Incident Hospital in Utrecht and from there were transferred to 26 other Dutch hospitals. Cultures and clinical data were collected to establish the prevalence of multidrug-resistant (MDR) bacteria in this patient group and to identify the associated risk factors. The prevalence of MDR bacteria was 59% (30/51 patients); extended spectrum β-lactamase-producing enterobacteriaceae were most common (26/51 patients: 51%). The major risk factor for carriage of MDR bacteria was the presence of open wounds at admission to the Major Incident Hospital. CI – © 2013 The Authors Clinical Microbiology and Infection © 2013 European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.

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Link/DOI: 10.1111/1469-0691.12135