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Recovery of Pseudomonas cepacia and Other Pseudomonas Species from the Environment

  • Joel E. Mortensen, Margaret C. Fisher and John J. LiPuma


Nine hundred sixteen cultures were obtained from homes of patients with cystic fibrosis, control homes, salad bars, and food markets, and analyzed for the presence of Pseudomonas cepacia and related bacteria. P cepacia was recovered from 5 (18%) of 27 homes, and from 20 (4%) of 509 cultures collected outside of homes. Relative to other pseudomonads, P cepacia is found infrequently in the environment. It is not clear how frequently these sources contribute to acquisition of this bacteria by persons with cystic fibrosis.


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Department of Laboratories, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Erie Ave. at Front St., Philadelphia, PA 19134


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