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J Clin Microbiol. 2013 Jan;51(1):334-8. doi: 10.1128/JCM.02845-12. Epub 2012 Nov 7.

Characterization of a Tsukamurella pseudo-outbreak by phenotypic tests, 16S rRNA sequencing, pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, and metabolic footprinting.

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  • 1State Key Laboratory for Emerging Infectious Diseases, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Abstract

We report a pseudo-outbreak of Tsukamurella due to improperly wrapped scissors used for processing of tissue specimens. A polyphasic approach, involving biochemical, genetic, and metabolomic techniques, was used in the laboratory investigation. This report highlights that early recognition of pseudo-outbreaks is important in preventing unnecessary and incorrect treatment of patients.

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