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Genomic Analysis of Cardiac Surgery-Associated Mycobacterium chimaera Infections, United States.

Authors: Hasan, Nabeeh A and Epperson, L Elaine and Lawsin, Adrian and Rodger, Rachael R and Perkins, Kiran M and Halpin, Alison Laufer and Perry, K Allison and Moulton-Meissner, Heather and Diekema, Daniel J and Crist, Matthew B and Perz, Joseph F and Salfinger, Max and Daley, Charles L and Strong, Michael

A surgical heater-cooler unit has been implicated as the source for Mycobacterium chimaera infections among cardiac surgery patients in several countries. We isolated M. chimaera from heater-cooler units and patient infections in the United States. Whole-genome sequencing corroborated a risk for these units acting as a reservoir for this pathogen.

Journal: Emerging infectious diseases
DOI: 10.3201/eid2503.181282
Year: 2019

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