Journal article

Target-Specific Assay for Rapid and Quantitative Detection of Mycobacterium chimaera DNA

Enrique Zozaya-Valdes, Jessica L Porter, John Coventry, Janet AM Fyfe, Glen P Carter, Anders Goncalves da Silva, Mark B Schultz, Torsten Seemann, Paul DR Johnson, Andrew J Stewardson, Ivan Bastian, Sally A Roberts, Benjamin P Howden, Deborah A Williamson, Timothy P Stinear

JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY | AMER SOC MICROBIOLOGY | Published : 2017

Abstract

Mycobacterium chimaera is an opportunistic environmental mycobacterium belonging to the Mycobacterium avium-M. intracellulare complex. Although most commonly associated with pulmonary disease, there has been growing awareness of invasive M. chimaera infections following cardiac surgery. Investigations suggest worldwide spread of a specific M. chimaera clone, associated with contaminated hospital heater-cooler units used during the surgery. Given the global dissemination of this clone, its potential to cause invasive disease, and the laboriousness of current culture-based diagnostic methods, there is a pressing need to develop rapid and accurate diagnostic assays specific for M. chimaera Here..

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