2010, Number 2
Acta Pediatr Mex 2010; 31 (2)
Lombardo-Aburto E, González- Saldaña N, Castañeda-Narváez JL, Hernández-Bautista VM, Hernández-Orozco HG
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ABSTRACTEarly identification of bacteremia outbreaks is one of the advantages of routine epidemiological surveillance. Enterococcus is a low pathogenic bacteria and part of the normal flora of the gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts. The aim of this study was to report a nosocomial outbreak of 3 cases of bacteremia due to E. faecalis detected in the Department of Immunology from August 6 to August 9, 2009. All cases responded to ampicillin. We analyzed the following potential risk factors: invasive methods and procedures, prescribed drugs, patient location, personnel in charge of the patients. Control of the outbreak was achieved through strengthening of standard precautions and specific contact, strengthening of prevention training of the staff and epidemiological surveillance of the area. We emphasize the importance of evaluating the location of patients and the enhancement of prevention strategies of nosocomial infections.