Mycobacterium fortuitum


Mycobacterium fortuitum is the organism associated with the Watsonville bacterial infection outbreak in 2000. M. fortuitum in particular lives in municipal drinking water, in dirt, and on dust particles. Scien­tists call it a "rapid-growth" bacterium because it grows relatively quickly compared to other mycobacteria in laboratory conditions.

Keywords:   bacteria     bacterial infections     pedicure sanitation     Watsonville  

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