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ATYPICAL MYCOBACTERIA

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A group of mycobacteria which differ in their growth characteristics from Mycobacterium tuberculosis but which they resemble in being acid-fas t. The atypical mycobacteria are also known as the PotentiallyPathogenic Environmental Mycobacteria (P.P.E.M.). They can cause a spectrum of human disease which in some cases can resemble tuberculosis. Mostly they cause disease in immunologically compromi sed humans such as those suffering from AIDS.

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