Acinetobacter lwoffii

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Acinetobacter lwoffii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Bacteria
Phylum: Proteobacteria
Class: Gammaproteobacteria
Order: Pseudomonadales
Family: Moraxellaceae
Genus: Acinetobacter
Binomial name
Acinetobacter lwoffii

Acinetobacter lwoffii, formerly known as Mima polymorpha or Acinetobacter calcoaceticus var. lwoffii, is a nonfermentative gram negative bacillus that is a member of the genus Acinetobacter or.[1] It is considered normal skin flora and can also inhabit the human oropharynx and perineum of up to 25% of the population. It can cause infections in human hosts, particularly catheter-associated infections in immunocompromised patients. It has also been associated with at least one case of gastroenteritis.[2] Due to its ability to survive dry conditions, low pH, and a wide range of temperatures, A. lwoffii, along with A. johnsonni, have been found in frozen food, bacon, eggs, pasteurized milk, and fish. It is also resistant to many disinfections, irradiation, and dessication [3]


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  3. ^ [Rathinavelu, Zavros Yana, Merchant Juanita L. Acinetobacter lwoffii infection and gastritis. Microbes Infections 2003;5: 651e7.]