ABSTRACT: We recently experienced an outbreak of nosocomial disease due to extended spectrum beta-lactamase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae in a neonatal unit infested with cockroaches. Organisms isolated from cockroaches were indistinguishable by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis from those colonizing infants or causing clinical disease using. Cockroach elimination together with standard infection-control measures resulted in control of the outbreak. We suggest cockroaches are possible vectors of pathogenic bacteria in the hospital environment.
Journal of Hospital Infection 02/2000; 44(1):13-7. · 3.39 Impact Factor