High-throughput whole-genome sequencing to dissect the epidemiology of Acinetobacter baumannii isolates from a hospital outbreak.

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  • T Lewis
  • P Jumaa
  • GM Weinstock
  • D Mortiboy

Colleges, School and Institutes


Shared care of military and civilian patients has resulted in transmission of multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (MDR-Aci) from military casualties to civilians. Current typing technologies have been useful in revealing relationships between isolates of A. baumannii but they are unable to resolve differences between closely related isolates from small-scale outbreaks, where chains of transmission are often unclear. In a recent hospital outbreak in Birmingham, six patients were colonised with MDR-Aci isolates indistinguishable using standard techniques. We used whole-genome sequencing to identify single nucleotide polymorphisms in these isolates, allowing us to discriminate between alternative epidemiological hypotheses in this setting.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-41
Number of pages5
JournalThe Journal of hospital infection
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2010


  • Acinetobacter baumannii, Single nucleotide polymorphism, Epidemiology, Multidrug resistance, 454 pyrosequencing, Whole-genome sequencing