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Description: Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM ) are a family of bacteria which is distributed throughout the environment, with isolates recovered from freshwater lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, salt water, brackish water, water pipes, showers, bathtubs, hot tubs, and “soaking pans” in nail salons. In persons with pre-existing lung disorders, inhaled nontuberculous mycobacteria may find a site where they can prosper and cause progressive lung disease, referred to as Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM ) pulmonary disease. Nontuberculous mycobacteria, represent a "burgeoning medical challenge" that may cause significantly greater healthcare spending and patient suffering in the United States and Canada than does tuberculosis (TB). 1 Although TB rates are decreasing in historically low numbers in North American, NTM cases are rising.1 1 Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Disease Deemed "Burgeoning Medical Challenge." National Jewish Health Web site. Published November 14, 2008. Accessed February 16, 2010

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