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An outbreak of Pantoea agglomerans infection in the neonatal intensive care unit at Teaching Hospital, Kandy, Sri Lanka

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N P Senanayake ,

Department of Para Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Sri Lanka,, LK
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Lecturer in Microbiology, Department of Para Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Sri Lanka, 
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V Thevanesam,

Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, LK
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Senior Professor of Microbiology, Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 
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L Karunanayake

Department of Microbiology, Medical Research Institute, Sri Lanka, LK
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Consultant Microbiologist, Department of Microbiology, Medical Research Institute, Sri Lanka

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Abstract

Introduction: Pantoea agglomerans is an opportunistic pathogen which causes blood stream infection (BSI) due to contaminated intravenous fluids.

Objective: To investigate an outbreak of BSI in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Teaching Hospital Kandy (THK). 

Method: Blood culture samples were collected from the neonates on admission to the NICU and 2 to 3 days later on clinical suspicion of BSI. The blood culture samples were processed according to standard methods and antibiotic susceptibility tests were carried out as per Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute guidelines. The environmental screening samples were cultured and identified using standard microbiological methods.

Results: Of the 55 blood cultures, 14 were positive for P. agglomerans. Nine of the 14 neonates responded to treatment with susceptible antibiotics. None of the environmental samples were positive for P. agglomerans species.

Conclusion: P. agglomerans was responsible for the outbreak of BSI in the NICU at THK.

How to Cite: Senanayake, N.P., Thevanesam, V. and Karunanayake, L., 2016. An outbreak of Pantoea agglomerans infection in the neonatal intensive care unit at Teaching Hospital, Kandy, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health, 45(1), pp.32–33. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljch.v45i1.8082
Published on 05 Mar 2016.
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