Table 1.

Survival times of sporadic strains of A. baumannii suspended in distilled water and kept at 31% RH and at a room temperature of 22 ± 3°Ca

Strain no.Site of isolationMean survival time (days) ± SDb
M 3317Tracheal aspirate23 ± 1.14
M 3789Tracheal aspirate32 ± 0.71
M 7360Tracheal aspirate25 ± 0.71
M 13546Tracheal aspirate25 ± 3.53
St-12084Blood21 ± 0.71
St-13641Blood29 ± 2.82
St-17306Blood26 ± 2.12
St-18748Catheter30 ± 2.82
St-20421Blood31 ± 0.71
U-9560Urine24 ± 2.12
V-4316Wound swab25 ± 1.14
V-12277Wound swab31 ± 0.71
V-12334Wound swab29 ± 2.82
V-12561Abscess30 ± 5.65
W-4329Gastric juice28 ± 2.82
W-8334Wound swab28 ± 1.14
W-8832Wound swab27 ± 5.53
  • a ATCC 19606T was used for comparison.

  • b Overall mean, 27.29 days; range, 21 to 32 days.