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CDC Warns of Rare Bacterial Infections from Dentists’ Water Lines

November 9, 2022
by Steven Reinberg


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning that a number of U.S. children have picked up a serious infection from contaminated water lines at the dentist’s office.

Although rare, outbreaks of nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) infections have been reported in kids treated at the dentist, one cluster in 2015 and another in 2016, the CDC says. A third cluster identified at a pediatric dental clinic last March is under investigation.

These  lodge in the narrow water lines in dental equipment.

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