Mycobacterium avium was isolated from hot and cold water samples and from sediment (biofilm) collected from the showerhead in the home of a woman with M. avium pulmonary disease lacking known M. avium risk factors. IS1245/IS1311 DNA fingerprinting demonstrated that M. avium isolates from the hot and cold water and showerhead sediment demonstrated a clonal relationship with the patient's M. avium isolate. The data provide evidence that showers may serve as sources of infection by waterborne M. avium.
Research Article|January 01 2008
Mycobacterium avium in a shower linked to pulmonary disease
Joseph O. Falkinham, III
Michael D. Iseman
Petra de Haas
Joseph O. Falkinham, Michael D. Iseman, Petra de Haas, Dick van Soolingen; Mycobacterium avium in a shower linked to pulmonary disease. J Water Health 1 June 2008; 6 (2): 209–213. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/wh.2008.232
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