The genus Acinetobacter
comprises extremely resistant gram-negative
bacteria, which have developed resistance against almost all available antibiotics.
Some bacteria of this genus are part of the normal human flora and generally do not cause disease. Others are mainly found in hospitals where they are responsible for hospital-acquired infections, especially wound infections, pneumonia and meningitis
. Several severe infections with Acinetobacter baumannii
occurred in the hospital at Kiel in 2015. DZIF scientists contributed to decipher the pathogen