Investigation of Burkholderia cepacia nosocomial outbreak with high fatality in patients suffering from diseases other than cystic fibrosis.

Shehabi AA, Abu-Al-Soud W, Mahafzah A, Khuri-Bulos N, Abu Khader I, Ouis IS, Wadstrom T.

Department of Clinical Laboratories, Jordan University Hospital, Amman, Jordan.


Over a 1-y period, 26 inpatients at the Jordan University Hospital in Amman were detected with bacteraemia (23 cases) or respiratory tract colonized with B. cepacia (3 cases). A combination of genetic identification and molecular typing has proved that all cases were caused by a single epidemic strain of B. cepacia genomovar IIIa. Nosocomial infections could be documented in 21/26 (81%) patients, mostly with severe underlying or malignant diseases other than cystic fibrosis, but the source of infection was undetected. The overall mortality related to infection with B. cepacia was 42%. All B. cepacia isolates were resistant to ampicillin, amikacin, carbenicillin and gentamicin; and mostly susceptible to piperacillin, chloramphenicol, cotri-moxazole, tetracycline, ceftazidime, and tazocin (62-88%). This study demonstrates the nosocomial and high fatality of B. cepacia genomovar IIIa in Jordanian patients suffering from diseases other than cystic fibrosis..