Prevalence of nontuberculous mycobacteria in cystic fibrosis clinics, United Kingdom, 2009

Emerg Infect Dis. 2013 Jul;19(7):1128-30. doi: 10.3201/eid/1907.120615.


Incidence of pulmonary infection with nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) is increasing among persons with cystic fibrosis (CF). We assessed prevalence and management in CF centers in the United Kingdom and found 5.0% of 3,805 adults and 3.3% of 3,317 children had recently been diagnosed with NTM. Of those, 44% of adults and 47% of children received treatment.

Keywords: Mycobacterium absessus complex; Mycobacterium avium complex; United Kingdom; bacteria; cystic fibrosis; nontuberculous mycobacteria; tuberculosis and other mycobacteria.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Cystic Fibrosis / epidemiology*
  • Cystic Fibrosis / microbiology
  • Humans
  • Mycobacterium avium Complex*
  • Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare Infection / epidemiology*
  • Outpatient Clinics, Hospital
  • Prevalence
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology