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MONITORING FOR METHYLOBACTERIUM IN WATER SYSTEMS - Letter to the Editor
Rice*, E W., D J. Reasoner*, C H. Johnson*, AND L DeMaria*. MONITORING FOR METHYLOBACTERIUM IN WATER SYSTEMS - Letter to the Editor. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY. American Society for Microbiology, Washington, DC, 38(11):4296-4297, (2000).
Methylobacteria are slow growing pink-pigmented organisms that have been reported to be opportunistic pathogens in immunocompromised patients. Methylthylobacterium mesophilicum and M. zatmanii have been the two most commonly reported species isolated in clinical samples. Tap water has been implicated as a possible mode of transmission for these bacteria in the hospital environment. Methylobacteria have been reported to exhibit resistance to chlorination and have been isolated from tap water in various clinical settings, including an investigation of a pseudo-outbreak, water from dental units and blood bank purufication units. The association of these organisms with tap water recently prompted Hornei et al. to suggest that it may be helpful to monitor for these organisms in water distribution systems in hospital units for immunocompromised patients. . . .
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Organization:U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
NATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT RESEARCH LABORATORY
WATER SUPPLY AND WATER RESOURCES DIVISION
MICROBIAL CONTAMINANTS CONTROL BRANCH