CDC investigating Burkholderia cepacia infection clusters in PICUs

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with the Food and Drug Administration and health departments to investigate clusters of healthcare-associated Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia) infections. CDC has received multiple reports of infection clusters, mostly involving patients without cystic fibrosis who are being treated in pediatric intensive care units. Some isolates from at least 2 states have matching strain types, suggesting a potential common source. Additional isolates from other states are being tested. CDC requests that healthcare professionals report B. cepacia infection clusters directly to CDC by contacting Matthew Crist ( in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion. You can also report to your local or state health department. Read more about Burkholderia cepacia.