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Volume 16, Number 10—October 2010

CME ACTIVITY - Research

Changing Epidemiology of Pulmonary Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Infections

Rachel M. ThomsonComments to Author  and on behalf of the NTM working group at the Queensland TB Control CentreQueensland Mycobacterial Reference Laboratory
Author affiliation: Author affiliation: Queensland Tuberculosis Control Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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Table 3

Clinical significance of nontuberculous mycobacteria isolates from pulmonary sites, Queensland, Australia, 2005*

Species Significant Under evaluation Not significant Total
Slow growers
Mycobacterium intracellulare 79 (39.7) 22 (11.1) 98 (49.2) 199
M. avium 18 (33.3) 8 (14.8) 28 (48.3) 54
MAC 3 (100) 3
M. kansasii 10 (52.6) 3 (15.8) 6 (31.6) 19
M. scrofulaceum 3 (30) 7 (70) 10
M. gordonae 2 (11.1) 16 (88.9) 18
M. lentiflavum 5 (100) 5
M. asiaticum 3 (100) 3
M. haemophilum 1 (100) 1
M. simiae 2 (100) 2
Unspeciated


24 (100)
24
Rapid growers
M. abscessus 7 (24.1) 4 (13.8) 18 (62.1) 29
M. chelonae 3 (21.4) 2 (14.3) 9 (64.3) 14
M. fortuitum 1 (5.3) 1 (5.3) 17 (89.4) 19
M. peregrinum 1 (33.3) 2 (66.7) 3
M. mucogenicum 2 (100) 2
M. nonchromogenicum 1 (50) 1 (50) 2
Unspeciated
2 (28.6)

5 (71.4)
7
Atypical mycobacteria NFI
5(7.0)
10 (14.1)
56 (78.9)
71
Other


3 (100)
3
Total 130 52 306 488

*Values are given as no. isolates (% of total for species). MAC, Mycobacterium avium complex; –, not applicable; NFI, not further identified.

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