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Epidemic caused by a unique clone of M. massiliense
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Mycobacterium massiliense is a rapidly growing Mycobacteria species sharing an identical 16S rRNA sequence with Mycobacterium abscessus. Etymology: massiliense, pertaining to Massilia, the Latin name of Marseille, France where the organism was isolated. Mycobacterium massiliense is a rapidly growing mycobacterium that is indistinguishable from Mycobacterium chelonae, M. abscessus by partial 16S rRNA gene sequencing. We sequenced rpoB, sodA, and hsp65 genes from isolates previously identified as being M. chelonae or M. abscessus and identified M. massiliense from isolates from two patients with invasive disease representing the first reported cases in the United States. Many patients recently has been reported infected with this atypical mycobacteria and had extensive preperitoneal infection caused by Mycobacterium massiliense, which required infection removal, tissue debridement, and prolonged antibiotic therapy.

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