Bacillus cereus infections among oncology patients at a children's hospital.


BACKGROUND Bacillus cereus can cause severe infections in immunocompromised persons. METHODS We report 3 cases of bacteremia/septicemia (1 fatal) among oncology patients in a children's hospital. Because all cases occurred during a 10-day period, a common source outbreak was suspected. An epidemiologic investigation was performed. Molecular comparison of patient and environmental isolates was performed by using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis. RESULTS After an extensive investigation, no common hospital source could be found. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis proved that the isolates were not related. CONCLUSION Sporadic infections in immunocompromised persons do occur and can be associated with significant morbidity.

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@article{Christenson1999BacillusCI, title={Bacillus cereus infections among oncology patients at a children's hospital.}, author={John C. Christenson and Carrie L. Byington and Ernest Kent Korgenski and Elisabeth E. Adderson and Carol Bruggers and Roberta H. Adams and Erin Jenkins and Stephan W Hohmann and Karen Colleen Carroll and Judy A. Daly and Andrew T. Pavia}, journal={American journal of infection control}, year={1999}, volume={27 6}, pages={543-6} }