What is the meaning of repeated isolation of Mycobacterium africanum?

@article{Bonard2000WhatIT,
  title={What is the meaning of repeated isolation of Mycobacterium africanum?},
  author={Dominique Bonard and Philippe Msellati and Leen Rigouts and P. Combe and Daouda Coulibaly and Issouf Coulibaly and Françoise Portaels},
  journal={The international journal of tuberculosis and lung disease : the official journal of the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease},
  year={2000},
  volume={4 12},
  pages={1176-80}
}
Mycobacterium africanum is a member of the tuberculosis complex, together with M. tuberculosis and M. bovis. Its morphological growth is quite different from that of M tuberculosis. It is a causative agent of the same tuberculosis disease, and its precise identification seems important only for epidemiological purposes. We report here the repetitive isolation of 17 M. africanum strains (among 321 TB complex strains) during a national primary resistance survey in C te d'Ivoire in 1995. All of… CONTINUE READING