Isolation and identification of Mycobacterium avium complex and other nontuberculosis mycobacteria from drinking-water in Basra governorate, Iraq
AbstractThis study aimed to determine the occurrence of Mycobocterium avium complex and other nontuberculous mycobacteria in drinking-water in Basra governorate, Iraq and their susceptibility to several antibiotics and the effect of 0.5 mg/L of chlorine on their survival. A total of 404 samples of drinking-water were collected from 33 different districts of the governorate from November 2006 to August 2007. Filtered samples were incubated for 7 days or less in a monophasic-biphasic culture setup of tuberculosis broth and Lowenstein-jensen agar. The 252 isolates were identified as M avium complex , M. marinum , M. kansasii , M. simiae , M. szulgai , M. xenopi , M. malmoense , M.fortuitum , M. chelonae  and M. abscessus . Isolates were tested for antibiotic susceptibility as well as their ability to tolerate chlorine at a concentration of 0.5 mg/L The presence of these pathogenic bacteria in drinking-water renders the water unfit for human consumption
Al Sulami, A.A., Al Taee, A.M.R. & Wida'a, Q.H. (2012). Isolation and identification of Mycobacterium avium complex and other nontuberculosis mycobacteria from drinking-water in Basra governorate, Iraq. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/118309
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 18 (3), 274-278, 2012
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