Environmental Burkholderia cepacia complex isolates in human infections

Emerg Infect Dis. 2007 Mar;13(3):458-61. doi: 10.3201/eid1303.060403.


Members of the Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc), found in many environments, are associated with clinical infections. Examining diverse species and strains from different environments with multilocus sequence typing, we identified > 20% of 381 clinical isolates as indistinguishable from those in the environment. This finding links the natural environment with the emergence of many Bcc infections.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Burkholderia Infections / microbiology*
  • Burkholderia cepacia complex / classification*
  • Burkholderia cepacia complex / genetics
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / microbiology*
  • DNA, Bacterial / genetics
  • Europe
  • Genetic Variation
  • Humans
  • North America
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA
  • Soil Microbiology
  • Species Specificity
  • Thailand


  • DNA, Bacterial