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

John C. Christenson, Carrie L. Byington, E. Kent Korgenski, Elisabeth E. Adderson, Carol Bruggers, Roberta H. Adams, Eileen Jenkins, Sheri Hohmann, Karen Carroll, Judy A. Daly, Andrew T. Pavia

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)543-546
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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