Environmental Burkholderia cepacia complex isolates in human infections

Adam Baldwin, Eshwar Mahenthiralingam, Pavel Drevinek, Peter Vandamme, John R. Govan, David J. Waine, John J. LiPuma, Luigi Chiarini, Claudia Dalmastri, Deborah A. Henry, David P. Speert, David Honeybourne, Martin C. J. Maiden, Chris G. Dowson

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Members of the Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc), found in many environments, are associated with clinical infections. Examining diverse species and strains from different environments with multilocus sequence typing, we identified >20% of 381 clinical isolates as indistinguishable from those in the environment. This finding links the natural environment with the emergence of many Bcc infections.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)458 - 461
Number of pages4
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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Baldwin, A., Mahenthiralingam, E., Drevinek, P., Vandamme, P., Govan, J. R., Waine, D. J., ... Dowson, C. G. (2007). Environmental Burkholderia cepacia complex isolates in human infections. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 13(3), 458 - 461. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid1303.060403