Occurrence and Clinical Relevance of Mycobacterium chimaera sp. nov., Germany
Published Date:Sep 2008
Source:Emerg Infect Dis. 14(9):1443-1446.
Keywords:Atypical Mycobacterium Infections
High-performance Liquid Chromatography
Molecular Diagnostic Techniques
Mycobacterium Avium-intracellulare Infection
Mycobacterium Avium Complex
Ribosomal Spacer DNA
Description:Retrospective molecular genetic analysis of 166 Mycobacterium intracellulare isolates showed that 143 (86%) strains could be assigned to Mycobacterium chimaera sp. nov. Of 97 patients from whom M. chimaera sp. nov. was isolated, only 3.3% exhibited mycobacterial lung disease, whereas all M. intracellulare isolates caused severe pulmonary infections.
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