Environmental Burkholderia cepacia complex isolates in human infections.
Baldwin A., Mahenthiralingam E., Drevinek P., Vandamme P., Govan JR., Waine DJ., LiPuma JJ., Chiarini L., Dalmastri C., Henry DA., Speert DP., Honeybourne D., Maiden MCJ., Dowson CG.
Members of the Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc), found in many environments, are associated with clinical infections. Examining diverse species and strains from different environments with multilocus sequence typing, we identified > 20% of 381 clinical isolates as indistinguishable from those in the environment. This finding links the natural environment with the emergence of many Bcc infections.