Mycobacterium Abscessus Infection comes from group of non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) that is known for its multidrug-resistance. It is under the Mycobacterium abscessus complex (MABSC) family of mycobacterium complex.
Mycobacterium Abscessus Infection is known commonly to be the cause of chronic lung infection and skin and soft tissue infections (SSTI), but can also cause infection to most human organs when one’s immune system does not have the ability to combat the bacteria/virus (immunodeficiency). Treatment for this infection is difficult due to its antimicrobial drug resistance.
Mycobacterium Abscessus Infection can be transmitted by improper/unsanitized medical procedures, with accompanying improper/unsanitized medical tools in the process. It can be also contracted through an open wound coming in contact with infected soil, water or dust. Fortunately, it has a low transmission rate from person to person.
This bacteria complex is known for growing in Löwenstein–Jensen medium (or LJ Medium) which is a growth medium used in cultivating bacteria in a solid, liquid or semi-solid state used for growing microorganisms or cells, usually used for medical research.
Commonly found in the water, soil. and dust, it can be prevented from spreading by doing the following:
- Proper sanitation of areas wherein an infected individual has stayed or visited.
- Washing of hands with soap and water
- Following proper guidelines to avoid spreading
- Not receiving proper procedures, surgeries, and injections from unlicensed professionals