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Mycobacterium avium complex pseudobacteriuria from a hospital water supply.

By L Graham, N G Warren, A Y Tsang and H P Dalton


From July 1983 through November 1985, organisms belonging to Mycobacterium avium complex were isolated from the urine of 29 patients. Strains recovered from the urine of nine patients from July 1983 through August 1984 were serotyped. Eight of the nine samples belonged to serovar 4. M. avium complex was isolated from the urine of 21 patients during the period from November 1984 through November 1985. While the possibility of a point source contamination was investigated, M. avium complex was recovered from the phenol red solution used for processing urine specimens in the mycobacteriology laboratory and the deionized tap water of that laboratory that is used to make the reagent. M. avium complex serovar 4 was subsequently recovered from the tap water of the laboratory and four hospital wards. During the year following the installation of a microbiological filter for the mycobacteriology laboratory deionized tap water, 2 urine isolates were recovered, compared to 26 the previous year. This study demonstrates the importance of filtration devices at tap water sites that are used to make laboratory reagents and the value of serotyping as a marker for the detection of a specific source of M. avium complex contamination

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1988
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