Multidrug-resistant Achromobacter animicus causing wound infection in a street child in Mwanza, Tanzania

Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2017 May;88(1):58-61. doi: 10.1016/j.diagmicrobio.2017.02.002. Epub 2017 Feb 10.


Achromobacter animicus (A. animicus) is an aerobic, motile, gram-negative, non-fermenting small bacillus that can also grow anaerobically with potassium nitrate. It has been isolated from sputum of humans suffering from respiratory infections. Literature regarding the role of A. animicus in wound infections is limited. We report a first case of a chronic post-traumatic wound infection caused by a multidrug-resistant A. animicus in a street child from Africa and accompanied diagnostic challenges.

Keywords: Achromobacter animicus; Street child; Tanzania; Wound infection.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Achromobacter / classification
  • Achromobacter / drug effects
  • Achromobacter / genetics
  • Achromobacter / isolation & purification*
  • Adolescent
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / pharmacology
  • Bacterial Proteins / genetics
  • Cluster Analysis
  • Drug Resistance, Multiple, Bacterial
  • Gram-Negative Bacterial Infections / diagnosis*
  • Gram-Negative Bacterial Infections / microbiology*
  • Gram-Negative Bacterial Infections / pathology
  • Homeless Youth
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Phylogeny
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA
  • Sequence Homology
  • Tanzania
  • Wound Infection / diagnosis*
  • Wound Infection / microbiology*
  • Wound Infection / pathology


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Bacterial Proteins