ERNEST H. RUNYON, PH.D.
The sources of infections resulting in tuberculosis or leprosy are diseased persons. Sources of most other mycobacterioses have been poorly or not at all known. Gradually information has been accumulating that indicates environmental sources, especially for the so-called "Battey" disease. Some recent contributions by Australian investigators are notably pertinent.
Mycobacterium avium was previously considered to be a cause of disease in man only rarely. A recently published text states categorically that M. avium is completely avirulent for man. It is now well established, however, that probably the commonest mycobacterial infections of man in many areas are with organisms of the
ERNEST H. RUNYON. Whence Mycobacteria and Mycobacterioses?. Ann Intern Med. 1971;75:467–468. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-75-3-467
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