Acinetobacter Skin Carriage Among US Army Soldiers Deployed in Iraq

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2007 Jun;28(6):720-2. doi: 10.1086/518966. Epub 2007 May 16.


Skin carriage of Acinetobacter calcoaceticus-baumannii complex was not detected among a representative sample of 102 US Army soldiers stationed in Iraq. This observation refutes the hypothesis that preinjury skin carriage serves as the reservoir for the Acinetobacter infections seen in US military combat casualties.

MeSH terms

  • Acinetobacter calcoaceticus / isolation & purification*
  • Disease Reservoirs
  • Humans
  • Iraq
  • Military Medicine
  • Military Personnel*
  • Skin / microbiology*
  • Specimen Handling
  • United States
  • Warfare
  • Wounds and Injuries / microbiology