Mycobacterium fortuitum

Mycobacterium fortuitum is a topic covered in the Johns Hopkins ABX Guide.

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MICROBIOLOGY

  • Rapidly-growing non-tubercular mycobacterium (NTM).
  • Typically takes 3-7 days for clinical cultures to become positive, but may require longer incubation.
  • Reservoirs: soil, water, animals, marine life. Worldwide distribution.
  • M. fortuitum group includes M. peregrinum, M. houstonese, M. boenickei, M. mageritense, M. senegalense and Mycobacterium setense sp. nov. Differentiation only by molecular testing.

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Last updated: May 1, 2016