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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 1997 Feb;18(2):136-7.

A pseudo-outbreak of Mycobacterium chelonae infections related to bronchoscopy.

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Columbia Blake Medical Center, Bradenton, FL 34209, USA.

Abstract

Mycobacterium gordonae and rapidly growing "atypical" mycobacteria including Mycobacterium chelonae are commonly found in tap water. This article describes a pseudo-outbreak of M chelonae infections related to bronchoscopy. Because patients may be treated and isolated unnecessarily when positive with acid-fast bacilli before the species are known, the financial burden for patients and hospitals may be great.

PMID:
9120244
DOI:
10.1086/647570
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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