An Outbreak of Serratia marcescens Infections Related to Contaminated Chlorhexidine

Patrice Vigeant, Vivian G. Loo, Céline Bertrand, Catherine Dixon, Richard Hollis, Michael A. Pfaller, A. Peter H. McLean, Dalius J. Briedis, Trish M. Perl, Hugh G. Robson

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An outbreak of Serratia marcescens infections occurred in a university tertiary-care hospital. Alcohol-free chlorhexidine solutions were contaminated with S marcescens. The majority of patient and chlorhexidine strains had similar pulsed field-gel electrophoresis banding patterns. Chlorhexidine was recalled, and the rate of S marcescens isolation returned to baseline. Chlorhexidine without alcohol should not be used as an antiseptic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)791-794
Number of pages4
JournalInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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