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J Hosp Infect. 1990 Oct;16(3):257-61.

Mycobacterium chelonei isolation from broncho-alveolar lavage fluid and its practical implications.

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Department of Medical Microbiology, Dudley Road Hospital, Birmingham.


Mycobacterium chelonei was isolated from the broncho-alveolar lavage fluid of seven patients on eight occasions over a 6-month period. The same bacterium was identified in the hospital water supply. Despite the use of a recommended disinfection procedure, it proved impossible to eradicate the organism until the bronchoscopes were treated with ethylene oxide and the use of tap water in rinsing was abandoned.

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