Outbreak of Burkholderia cepacia complex among ventilated pediatric patients linked to hospital sinks.

Research paper by Cynthia A CA Lucero, Adam L AL Cohen, Ingrid I Trevino, Angela Hammer AH Rupp, Michelle M Harris, Sinead S Forkan-Kelly, Judith J Noble-Wang, Bette B Jensen, Alicia A Shams, Matthew J MJ Arduino, John J JJ LiPuma, Susan I SI Gerber, Arjun A Srinivasan

Indexed on: 15 Jun '11Published on: 15 Jun '11Published in: AJIC - American Journal of Infection Control


We investigated a cluster of Burkholderia cepacia complex colonization in ventilated pediatric patients. Isolates from 15 patients, 2 sink drains, and several ventilator components were found to belong to a single B cenocepacia clone. Hospital tap water used during oral and tracheostomy care was identified as the most likely mechanism for transmission.