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Eur J Epidemiol. 1997 Apr;13(3):341-6.

Mycobacterium malmoense in Italy: the modern Norman invasion?

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Laboratorio di Microbiologia e Virologia, Ospedale di Careggi, Firenze, Italy.


The isolation of Mycobacterium malmoense has for a long time been restricted to few countries of Northern Europe; reports from countries other than Sweden, Great Britain and Finland are rare and the first Italian case report has been published in 1995. Since 1988, however, fifteen strains of M. malmoense have been isolated in Italy, eleven of which in the last two years; of these, ten appeared clinically significant on the basis of medical records. The susceptibility of the strains and the role of high performance liquid chromatography of cell wall mycolic acids for a reliable identification are discussed.

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