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, 336 (8723), 1094-6

Person-to-person Transmission of Pseudomonas Cepacia Between Patients With Cystic Fibrosis

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Person-to-person Transmission of Pseudomonas Cepacia Between Patients With Cystic Fibrosis

J J LiPuma et al. Lancet.

Abstract

Ribotyping, a method of strain identification based on analysis of bacterial genomic restriction fragment length polymorphisms, was used to investigate the acquisition of Pseudomonas cepacia by a patient with cystic fibrosis. Analysis of isolates recovered from the index patient and his contacts showed person-to-person transmission of this opportunist organism. This documentation of the transmission of P cepacia from one cystic fibrosis patient to another suggests that measures to limit the acquisition of the pathogen by patients with cystic fibrosis may be worth while.

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