Mycobacteria and fungi in moisture-damaged building materials.

  title={Mycobacteria and fungi in moisture-damaged building materials.},
  author={Eila Torvinen and Teija Meklin and Pirjo Torkko and Sini Suomalainen and Marjut H Reiman and M Katila and Lars Paul{\'i}n and Aino I Nevalainen},
  journal={Applied and environmental microbiology},
  volume={72 10},
In contrast to the growth of fungi, the growth of mycobacteria in moisture-damaged building materials has rarely been studied. Environmental mycobacteria were isolated from 23% of samples of moisture-damaged materials (n = 88). The occurrence of mycobacteria increased with increasing concentrations of fungi. Mycobacteria may contribute to indoor exposure and associated adverse health effects.