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Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM)

Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are opportunistic pathogens that can be found in soil, dust, and water. NTM can cause infections that are difficult to diagnose and treat. Healthcare-associated NTM outbreaks have been associated with medical devices, cosmetic procedures, dental procedures, contaminated parenteral medications, and other exposures.

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Key resources for responding to NTM in healthcare settings include:

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CORHA Principles and Practices for Outbreak Response


The CORHA Principles and Practices for Outbreak Response: HAI/AR Pathogens (formerly known as High-Level Guidance) is intended as a comprehensive reference containing information specific to HAI/AR outbreak detection, reporting,...… Read More »

CORHA Proposed Investigation/Reporting Thresholds and Outbreak Definition for Extrapulmonary Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM)


The thresholds and outbreak definition presented below are based on available scientific resources and expert opinion and intended only as guidance; states and localities may have their own outbreak...… Read More »

CORHA HAI-AR Outbreak Investigation and Response Tracking System


What is this? The following materials were developed to help health departments and large healthcare systems manage information related to investigations of possible HAI-AR outbreaks involving healthcare delivery. The...… Read More »
Disclaimer: The positions and views expressed in these materials do not necessarily represent the official positions of CORHA’s member organizations.