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Mycobacterium chimaera

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  • Slow-growing, non-pigmented member of Mycobacterium avium complex.
    • Named in 2004 as M. chimaera due to its genetic mix of MAI strains.
    • Requires 2-6 weeks for culture growth.
    • Identification can be problematic.
  • Similar to M. avium, found in household water supplies and other water-related biofilms.

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Last updated: June 6, 2019


Auwaerter, Paul G. "Mycobacterium Chimaera." Johns Hopkins ABX Guide, The Johns Hopkins University, 2019. Johns Hopkins Guide, www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_ABX_Guide/540711/all/Mycobacterium_chimaera.
Auwaerter PG. Mycobacterium chimaera. Johns Hopkins ABX Guide. The Johns Hopkins University; 2019. https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_ABX_Guide/540711/all/Mycobacterium_chimaera. Accessed June 24, 2019.
Auwaerter, P. G. (2019). Mycobacterium chimaera. In Johns Hopkins ABX Guide. Available from https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_ABX_Guide/540711/all/Mycobacterium_chimaera
Auwaerter PG. Mycobacterium Chimaera [Internet]. In: Johns Hopkins ABX Guide. The Johns Hopkins University; 2019. [cited 2019 June 24]. Available from: https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_ABX_Guide/540711/all/Mycobacterium_chimaera.
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