In summary, multiresistant acinetobacter strains are spreading and carbapenem resistance is becoming more common. Whilst spread on the scale of MRSA seeMS improbable, it is clear that outbreaks can cause severe problems, either locally or across groups of hospitals. Sentinel surveillance is necessary to monitor and control the presence of the organism in the hospital environment. Scrupulous infection control measures, together with appropriate antibiotic use are critical for control. In the longer term, there is growing need for new therapeutic options.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
J.C.'s work on Acinetobacter spp. is supported by AstraZeneca.
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