Scanning electron microscopy image of clusters of aerobic Gram-negative, non-motile Acinetobacter baumannii bacteria.
Photo credit: Janice Carr, CDC, https://microbewiki.kenyon.edu/index.php/File:9327_lores.jpg
Acinetobacter baumannii, named after the bacteriologist Paul Baumann, is a typically short, rod-shaped (coccobacillus) Gram-negative bacterium. It is able to grow on MacConkey Agar as a lactose non-fermenter. A. baumannii is also a glucose-non-fermenter (as opposite to Enterobacterales) and oxidase-negative (as opposite to Pseudomonas).
Although it has occasionally been found in environmental soil and water samples, the natural habitat of A. baumannii is still not known. A. baumannii is more often isolated from clinical samples and hospital environments than natural sources.
A. baumannii can be an opportunistic pathogen in humans, commonly affecting people with compromised immune systems, and is becoming increasingly a key nosocomial a hospital-acquired infections.
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