Table 2

Distribution of the Mycobacterium species during 1998–2000 in the Ghent University Hospital, number of smear positives and time to positivity of culture.

Mycobacterium species

Number of isolates (%)

Number of samples positive on direct smear a (% of culture positive)

Average time until positive culture in days (smear positives; negatives)


M. tuberculosis complex

61 (40)

26 (46b)

16.7 (12.9; 20)

M. avium

12

2

6.5

M. heckeshornense

1

1

32.5

M. chelonae

4

0

18

M. fortuitum

2

0

35.5

M. gordonae

41 (27)

1

22.3

M. interjectum

1

0

30.5

M. intracellulare

1

0

11.6

M. kansasii/M. gastri

2

0

No data

M. malmoense

1

0

No data

M. szulgai

3

0

20.3

M. xenopi

22 (15)

0

38.1

Total

151

40 (26)


a: No data for 6 of the 61 samples. All six of these samples were M. tuberculosis culture positive. b. Calculated as 26 positives on a total of those 56 culture positives for which data on smear positivity were available.

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