More Bad Bugs

Acinetobacter baumannii is one of six “ESKAPE” bacteria—drug-resistant bugs that cause most hospital infections:

Enterococcus species
Staphylococcus aureus
Klebsiella species
Acinetobacter baumannii
Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Enterobacter species

Together, the six drug-resistant bacteria cause most hospital infections. The "S" bug—specifically, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, commonly called MRSA—is the most well known among the bacteria. MRSA can start as skin abscesses and can cause life-threatening infections of the bones, joints, bloodstream, heart or lungs. It caused some 94,000 invasive infections in 2005 alone, including nearly 20,000 that proved deadly, according to the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Patients have included athletes, schoolchildren, and others—many with no known exposure to a health-care facility.