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Abstract

Bronchoscopes and the filters used for washing them were found to yield high numbers of isolates sharing the same repetitive sequence-based PCR (rep-PCR) fingerprint pattern as isolates recovered from patient samples collected by bronchoscopy. Water and biofilm samples collected from the bronchoscopy preparation laboratory yielded , , and . Several and isolates from water samples in the bronchoscopy laboratory had rep-PCR patterns matching those of patient bronchoscopy isolates. Five of the 22 (23 %) patient bronchoscopy isolates and 42 of the 56 (75 %) patient bronchoscopy isolates could have been due to contamination from the water supply.

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