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Outbreak of Mycobacterium abscessus From Contaminated Dental Unit Waterlines


Background: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), biofilms are microbial communities that form and adhere on the walls of dental unit water lines. Bacteria such as Mycobacterium abscessus is found ubiquitously in the environment. It commonly causes skin and soft tissue infection, displays tolerance to commonly used disinfectants, and is frequently found in the plumbing of health care facilities and water distribution systems. Improperly maintained denta more...
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