MNT, bacteria in the shower water that cause infections in the lungs


Mexico City.- A study has revealed, non-tuberculous mycobacteria (MNT) associated with lung infections, which were found in the water of the watering cans.

There are about 200 species of MNT and, according to a research conducted by researchers at the University of Colorado, published by a publication of the American Society of Microbiology, this type of bacteria are able to survive the inhospitable conditions of the pipelines that lead to showers.

Most bacteria that are aerosolized and inhaled in the shower are generally harmless. However, this is not always the case, "said Matthew Gebert, a researcher who led the study.

The researchers found that, in fact, NTMs are more abundant in water treated with chlorine compounds than in water. water untreated, since this type of bacteria seems resistant to that substance.

Matthew Gebert hopes that the results of the work of his collaborators and he will help to develop strategies to reduce the exposure to these pathogens.


  • Non-tuberculous mycobacteria
  • water
  • Cans for watering
  • infections
  • lungs
  • health



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