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causes pneumonia, a severe opportunistic infection in immunosuppressed patients that has both person-to-person airborne transmission and environmental transmission as important routes of infection. An increasing incidence of in Northern Ireland prompted a detailed epidemiological and molecular review that included enhanced surveillance on all lower respiratory specimens. Genotyping of these positive specimens was undertaken using multiple locus sequence typing (MLST) targeting known variable regions of the genome. Multiple circulating types were found among all patient risk categories. However, a predominance of one MLST type was found in a outbreak amongst the renal transplant population. Our results demonstrate the diversity of strains amongst the local immunosuppressed cohort and highlight the importance of genotyping in the investigation of common sources of amongst immunosuppressed patients.

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