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Do you know of any reference to intrinsic resistance or any other kind of resistance of Acinetobacter baumanni and Ceftazidime?

Ceftazidime is an antibiotic of the beta-lactam family. Resistance by betalactamases (enzymes that inactivate the antibiotic) has become a problem with many bacterial species. Such resistance is acquired after sublethal exposure to the antibotic, often by the uptake of the specific gene from other species. In other words, these bacteria do not reinvent the wheel, but 'steal' the trick from others. This applies also to Acinetobacter baumannii. Especially nosocomial infections (acquired in the hospital) are at risk to be caused by multiresistant A. baumannii strains, and they are frequently resistant to betalactams, including ceftazidime.

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