isolation of atypical mycobacteria from tap water in hospitals and homes: is this a possible source of disseminated mac infection in aids patients?infections caused by mycobacteria other than tuberculosis (mott), especially mycobacterium avium complex (mac), are common in aids patients, but rare in immunocompetent persons. the route of transmission is unknown, but tap water could provide a possible source of infection: mac was isolated from tap water in the u.s.a. but this has not been reported in germany. we therefore investigated tap water in berlin for the presence of mycobacteria and compared radiometric (bactec) and standard plate cul ...19958522830
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