Forty Years of Disinfectant Failure: Outbreak of Postinjection Mycobacterium abscessus Infection Caused by Contamination of Benzalkonium Chloride

Tiwari, Tejpratap S.P.; Ray, Beverly; Jost Jr., Kenneth C.; Rathod, Minaxi K.; Yansheng Zhang; Brown-Elliott, Barbara A.; Hendricks, Kate; Wallace Jr., Richard J.
April 2003
Clinical Infectious Diseases;4/15/2003, Vol. 36 Issue 8, p954
Academic Journal
Investigates the outbreak of six postinjection joint infections in July 1999 caused by Mycobacterium abscessus as reported to the Texas Department of Health in Austin. Use of benzalkonium chloride (BC) as an antiseptic which contributes to serious outbreaks of disease; Resistance of patients' strain to BC.


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