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Disease caused by environmental mycobacteria

J. van Ingen and P.D.O. Davies

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.070626_update_001

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Disease caused by environmental mycobacteria

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Introduction—there are over 130 species of mycobacteria; species other than M. tuberculosis complex and M. leprae are collectively referred to as the nontuberculous or environmental mycobacteria. Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are divided into two groups, the slow growers and the rapid growers. The most common organisms causing human disease are the slow-growing species ...

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Subjects: Medical Microbiology and Virology ; Infectious Diseases

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