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Acinetobacter baumannii, a global health-threatening bacterium: a short review


Journal of Microbiology & Experimentation
Emad M Abdallah,1 Rania M Abdalla2

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Abstract

Antibiotic resistance is a worldwide concern that requires quick attention. The overuse and abuse of antibiotics have resulted in the emergence of multidrug-resistant bacteria and led to a global health crisis and economic losses. Acinetobacter baumannii is a bacterial pathogen that is commonly linked with hospital-acquired illnesses, such as pneumonia, meningitis, bacteremia, urinary tract, and skin infection. The recent rise in incidence, which has been linked to a substantial rise in the patients infected with the multidrugresistant (MDR) strains of A. baumannii, has boosted the prominence of this opportunistic pathogen. This short review discusses this elusive bacterium and the factors that determine the occurrence of multidrug-resistant A. baumannii infections. Epidemiology and current treatments, as well as infection control strategies, are also discussed.

Keywords

antibiotics, multi-drug resistance, Acinetobacter baumannii, infection, pathogens

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