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Volume 16, Number 10—October 2010

CME ACTIVITY

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 4

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

Species Significant Under evaluation Not significant Total
Mycobacterium intracellulare 7 (58.3) 5 (41.7) 12
M. avium 6 (66.7) 2 (22.2) 1 (11.1) 9
M. scrofulaceum 3 (60) 1 (20) 1 (20) 5
M. gordonae 1 (33.3) 2 (66.7) 3
M. abscessus 9 (81.8) 2 (18.2) 11
M. chelonae 8 (72.7) 3 (27.3) 11
M. fortuitum 23 (69.7) 3 (9.1) 7 (21.2) 33
M. peregrinum 7 (100) 7
M. asiaticum 1 (100) 1
M. haemophilum 1 (33.3) 2 (66.7) 3
M. lentiflavum 1 (100) 1
M. mucogenicum 1 (100) 1
M. marinum 1 (100) 1
M. smegmatis 1 (50) 1 (50) 2
M. szulgai 1 (100) 1
M. ulcerans 4 (100) 4
Atypical mycobacteria NFI 3 (27.3) 8 (72.7) 11
Slow grower unspeciated 1 (50) 1 (50) 2
Other 1 (100) 1
Total 97 (67.8) 6 (4.2) 40 (28) 143

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

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