M. abscessus Cluster in Southeast Florida Likely Due to Rainfall, Soil

M. abscessus Cluster in Southeast Florida Likely Due to Rainfall, Soil

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M. abscessus Cluster in Southeast Florida Likely Due to Rainfall, Soil

A cluster of Mycobacterium abscessus (M. abscessus), a difficult-to-treat bacteria that causes lung damage, particularly in people with cystic fibrosis (CF), was identified in the southeastern Florida, a recent study reported. According to its findings, patients who tested positive for a nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infection, including M. abscessus, were more likely to be living in areas with a higher average annual rainfall and increased levels of sodium in the soil. The research, “Environmental predictors of…

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