Mycobacterial infections caused by nontuberculous mycobacteria.

  title={Mycobacterial infections caused by nontuberculous mycobacteria.},
  author={Leonid B Heifets},
  journal={Seminars in respiratory and critical care medicine},
  volume={25 3},
The purpose of this review is to familiarize a broad range of medical professionals with a relatively new and growing problem of infections caused by mycobacteria other than M. tuberculosis and M. leprae. There are at least 60 mycobacterial species that have been identified as causative agents of diseases in humans. They are all environmental bacteria, and they are not transmitted from person to person. The usual source of infection is water, soil, and aerosols developed from these sources. The… CONTINUE READING


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