Pseudoepidemic due to a unique strain of Mycobacterium szulgai: genotypic, phenotypic, and epidemiological analysis.

@article{Zhang2002PseudoepidemicDT,
  title={Pseudoepidemic due to a unique strain of Mycobacterium szulgai: genotypic, phenotypic, and epidemiological analysis.},
  author={Qing Zhang and Randa Kennon and M. A. Koza and Kristina G Hulten and Jill E. Clarridge},
  journal={Journal of clinical microbiology},
  year={2002},
  volume={40 4},
  pages={
          1134-9
        }
}
In mid-1999, we noted multiple isolations at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) Houston Tex. of an unusual nonpigmented Mycobacterium species. Since, on the basis of 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis, the strains were identical to the Mycobacterium szulgai type strain and since M. szulgai has been reported only rarely as a commensal or environmental isolate, we were concerned about laboratory contamination, nosocomial spread, or even the possibility that this could be a novel organism… CONTINUE READING

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