Spread of an epidemic Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain from a patient with cystic fibrosis (CF) to non-CF relatives

Thorax. 2002 Jun;57(6):559-60. doi: 10.1136/thorax.57.6.559.


Colonisation with Pseudomonas aeruginosa is common in adults with cystic fibrosis (CF) and there is increasing evidence that transmissible strains may cross colonise patients. However, transmission of these strains by social contact to healthy non-CF individuals has not been described. A case is presented where an adult CF patient colonised by an epidemic P aeruginosa strain infected her parents with subsequent morbidity.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cross Infection / transmission*
  • Cystic Fibrosis / complications
  • Cystic Fibrosis / microbiology*
  • Drug Resistance, Multiple, Bacterial
  • Female
  • Genotype
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pseudomonas Infections / transmission*
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa / drug effects