Mycobacterium simiae pseudo-outbreak resulting from a contaminated hospital water supply in Houston, Texas

Hana M. El Sahly, Edward Septimus, Hanna Soini, Joshua Septimus, Richard J. Wallace, Xi Pan, Natalie Williams-Bouyer, James M. Musser, Edward A. Graviss

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Abstract

Various species of nontuberculous mycobacteria are known to cause nosocomial pseudo-outbreaks, but there have been no detailed reports of nosocomial Mycobacterium simiae pseudo-outbreaks. From April 1997 through February 2001, we recovered 65 M. simiae isolates from 62 patients at a community teaching hospital in Houston, Texas. The organism was grown in various water samples obtained in the hospital building and in professional building 1 but not in professional building 2, which has a separate water supply system. Thirty-one environmental and human outbreak-related M. simiae isolates had indistinguishable or closely related patterns on pulsed-field gel electrophoresis and were considered clonal. M. simiae can be a cause of nosocomial pseudo-outbreaks. The reservoir for this pseudo-outbreak was identified as a contaminated hospital water supply.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)802-807
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Volume35
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2002
Externally publishedYes

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Hospital Equipment and Supplies
Water Supply
Mycobacterium
Disease Outbreaks
Nontuberculous Mycobacteria
Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis
Community Hospital
Teaching Hospitals
Water

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El Sahly, H. M., Septimus, E., Soini, H., Septimus, J., Wallace, R. J., Pan, X., ... Graviss, E. A. (2002). Mycobacterium simiae pseudo-outbreak resulting from a contaminated hospital water supply in Houston, Texas. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 35(7), 802-807. https://doi.org/10.1086/342331

Mycobacterium simiae pseudo-outbreak resulting from a contaminated hospital water supply in Houston, Texas. / El Sahly, Hana M.; Septimus, Edward; Soini, Hanna; Septimus, Joshua; Wallace, Richard J.; Pan, Xi; Williams-Bouyer, Natalie; Musser, James M.; Graviss, Edward A.

In: Clinical Infectious Diseases, Vol. 35, No. 7, 01.10.2002, p. 802-807.

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El Sahly, HM, Septimus, E, Soini, H, Septimus, J, Wallace, RJ, Pan, X, Williams-Bouyer, N, Musser, JM & Graviss, EA 2002, 'Mycobacterium simiae pseudo-outbreak resulting from a contaminated hospital water supply in Houston, Texas', Clinical Infectious Diseases, vol. 35, no. 7, pp. 802-807. https://doi.org/10.1086/342331
El Sahly, Hana M. ; Septimus, Edward ; Soini, Hanna ; Septimus, Joshua ; Wallace, Richard J. ; Pan, Xi ; Williams-Bouyer, Natalie ; Musser, James M. ; Graviss, Edward A. / Mycobacterium simiae pseudo-outbreak resulting from a contaminated hospital water supply in Houston, Texas. In: Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2002 ; Vol. 35, No. 7. pp. 802-807.
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