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Molecular Typing of Mycobacterium chelonae Isolates From a Pseudo-outbreak Involving an Automated Bronchoscope Washer

  • Alexandra Chroneou (a1), Sarah K. Zimmerman (a1) (a2), Steven Cook (a2), Sandra Willey (a3), Jane Eyre-Kelly (a3), Nikolaos Zias (a1), Daniel S. Shapiro (a4) (a2) (a5), John F. Beamis (a1) (a6) and Donald E. Craven (a4) (a6)...

Abstract

We describe a pseudo-outbreak of Mycobacterium chelonae infection in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid from 9 patients that was traced to contamination of an automated bronchoscope washer. Molecular typing using repetitive extragenic palindromic polymerase chain reaction was helpful in confirming epidemiologic and clinical findings.

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Department of Infectious Diseases, Lahey Clinic Medical Center, 41 Mall Rd., Burlington, MA 01805 (donald.e.craven@lahey.org)

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Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
  • ISSN: 0899-823X
  • EISSN: 1559-6834
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