Epidemiology and Ecology of Opportunistic Premise Plumbing Pathogens: Legionella pneumophila, Mycobacterium avium, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa

@inproceedings{Falkinham2015EpidemiologyAE,
  title={Epidemiology and Ecology of Opportunistic Premise Plumbing Pathogens: Legionella pneumophila, Mycobacterium avium, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa},
  author={Joseph O. Falkinham and Elizabeth D. Hilborn and Matthew J. Arduino and Amy J. Pruden and Marc A. Edwards},
  booktitle={Environmental health perspectives},
  year={2015}
}
BACKGROUND Legionella pneumophila, Mycobacterium avium, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa are opportunistic premise plumbing pathogens (OPPPs) that persist and grow in household plumbing, habitats they share with humans. Infections caused by these OPPPs involve individuals with preexisting risk factors and frequently require hospitalization. OBJECTIVES The objectives of this report are to alert professionals of the impact of OPPPs, the fact that 30% of the population may be exposed to OPPPs, and the… CONTINUE READING
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