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Acinetobacter Baumannii Infection

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Nov 17, 2023.

What causes an Acinetobacter baumannii infection?

An Acinetobacter baumannii infection is caused by the Acinetobacter baumannii bacteria. It can cause serious infections in the lungs, blood, and brain. It may also cause urinary tract and wound infections. It can be spread by direct contact and may be found on skin or in food, water, or soil. It may also be found in hospitals. Acinetobacter baumannii is highly contagious.

What increases my risk of an Acinetobacter baumannii infection?

Anyone can get an Acinetobacter baumannii infection. You are more likely to get an infection from Acinetobacter baumannii if you have a disease such as diabetes or COPD. You are also at higher risk of getting this infection if:

What problems can an Acinetobacter baumannii infection cause?

Acinetobacter baumannii can cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections. You may not know that you have an Acinetobacter infection until you get sick with one of the following:

What are the signs and symptoms of an Acinetobacter baumannii infection?

How is an Acinetobacter baumannii infection diagnosed?

Healthcare providers will examine you. They may use one or more of the following tests to learn more about your infection:

How is an Acinetobacter baumannii infection treated?

Your treatment will depend on where the infection is in your body.

How do I prevent the spread of Acinetobacter baumannii?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

Contact your healthcare provider if:

When should I seek immediate care?

Seek help immediately or call 911 if:

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