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  • Approximately two people in every 100,000 develop infections caused by Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM).
  • NTM are widespread organisms that typically live in water (including tap water treated with chlorine) and food sources.
  • NTM can infect the human body without showing any adverse signs. For example, millions of people around the world
    are infected with tuberculosis but will never know it because they will not develop symptoms.
  • Mycobacterial infections are notoriously difficult to treat. The organisms are hardy and can survive long exposure to
    antibiotics, which leads to antibiotic resistance. Most mycobacteria are susceptible to clarithromycin and rifamycin, but
    antibiotic-resistant strains are known to exist.
  • Since NTM is rare and misdiagnosis is common, early and correct diagnosis is critical to a patient’s ability to fight
    this disease.
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