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The Recovery of <i>Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare</i> Complex (MAC) from the Residential Bathrooms of Patients with Pulmonary MAC

Yukiko Nishiuchi, Ryoji Maekura, Seigo Kitada, Aki Tamaru, Takahiro Taguri, Yukimi Kira, Toru Hiraga, Atsushi Hirotani, Kenji Yoshimura, Mari Miki and Masami Ito

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 45, issue 3, pages 347-351
Published in print August 2007 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online August 2007 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/519383
The Recovery of Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare Complex (MAC) from the Residential Bathrooms of Patients with Pulmonary MAC

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The distribution of Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare complex (MAC) in residences was examined. MAC was only recovered from bathrooms but not from other sites of residences. The appearance ratio in the bathrooms of patients with pulmonary MAC was significantly higher than that in healthy volunteers' bathrooms (P = .01). For 2 patients, the genotypes of environmental isolates were identical to their respective clinical isolates.

Journal Article.  2242 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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