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Hospital-Acquired Waterborne Bloodstream Infection by Acinetobacter baumannii From Tap Water: A Case Report

Volkow, Patricia MD*; Sánchez-Girón, Francisco MD; Rojo-Gutiérrez, Leticia CH; Cornejo-Juárez, Patricia MD*

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice: November 2013 - Volume 21 - Issue 6 - p 405–406
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e31827f44d4
Case Report

Waterborne hospital-acquired pneumonia by Legionella, Pseudomonas, and few cases of Mycobacterium species, usually in immune-compromised patients, has been reported. We present the case of an immune-competent man who developed catheter-related bloodstream infection by Acinetobacter baumannii after showering. The same strain was isolated from the showerhead water, the intravenous catheter, and blood cultures taken at the time the patient developed fever and chills shortly after he showered.

From the *Department of Infectious Diseases, Instituto Nacional de Cancerología (INCan), Secretaría de Salud (Ssa); and †Laboratorio de Patología Clínica, Médica Sur, Mexico City, Mexico.

Correspondence to: Patricia Volkow, MD, Instituto Nacional de Cancerología (INCan), Av. San Fernando No. 22, Col. Sección XVI, Tlalpan, 14080 México, D.F, México. E-mail:

The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.