Mycobacterium avium complex, an emerging pathogen in Massachusetts.

  title={Mycobacterium avium complex, an emerging pathogen in Massachusetts.},
  author={G C du Moulin and I H Sherman and David C. Hoaglin and K D Stottmeier},
  journal={Journal of clinical microbiology},
  volume={22 1},
We report a study of 1,953 patients whose laboratory records from 1972 through 1983 at the Massachusetts Mycobacteria Reference Laboratory indicated the isolation of Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) organisms. At least one clinical specimen from each patient during this period exhibited the organism. The incidence of isolation of MAC has increased fivefold since 1972, with a doubling of the number of patients with positive MAC specimens from normally sterile sites occurring since 1980. A… CONTINUE READING
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