Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) is a little known but serious lung infection. The NTM Handbook: A Guide for Patients with Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Infections including MAC has been written by me, Donita Simpson, a person with NTM. I wrote this book partly out of my own enthusiasm and determination to become well, and also to assist new NTM patients and their families who may, as I did, find information about this disease scarce.
two in every 100,000 people develop infections caused by NTM. For reasons
not fully understood, the number of NTM infections is rising in the population
at large, particularly in certain parts of the United States. The only
published national statistics come from occasional surveys done by the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The latest survey (1996) of
state health laboratories showed 4,435 NTM cases in Florida alone.