Mycobacterium lentiflavum in Drinking Water Supplies, Australia

Marshall, H.M., Carter, R., Torbey, M.J., Minion, S., Tolson, C., Sidjabat, H.E., Huygens, F., Hargreaves, M. and Thomson, R.M. (2011) Mycobacterium lentiflavum in Drinking Water Supplies, Australia. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 17 3: 395-402. doi:10.3201/eid1703.090948

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Author Marshall, H.M.
Carter, R.
Torbey, M.J.
Minion, S.
Tolson, C.
Sidjabat, H.E.
Huygens, F.
Hargreaves, M.
Thomson, R.M.
Title Mycobacterium lentiflavum in Drinking Water Supplies, Australia
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Mycobacterium lentiflavum in Drinking Water Supplies, Australia
Journal name Emerging Infectious Diseases   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1080-6040
Publication date 2011-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3201/eid1703.090948
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 17
Issue 3
Start page 395
End page 402
Total pages 8
Place of publication Atlanta, GA, U.S.A.
Publisher U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Mycobacterium lentifl avum, a slow-growing nontuberculous mycobacterium, is a rare cause of human disease. It has been isolated from environmental samples worldwide. To assess the clinical signifi cance of M. lentifl avum isolates reported to the Queensland Tuberculosis Control Centre, Australia, during 2001–2008, we explored the genotypic similarity and geographic relationship between isolates from humans and potable water in the Brisbane metropolitan area. A total of 47 isolates from 36 patients were reported; 4 patients had clinically signifi cant disease. M. lentifl avum was cultured from 13 of 206 drinking water sites. These sites overlapped geographically with home addresses of the patients who had clinically signifi cant disease. Automated repetitive sequence–based PCR genotyping showed a dominant environmental clone closely related to clinical strains. This fi nding suggests potable water as a possible source of M. lentifl avum infection in humans.
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