Contamination of hospital water w/ Mycobacterium abscessus

Many recent news stories have been discussing a case of an outbreak in a hospital in Greenville, SC that has apprently been traced to drinking water contamination.  Thus this may be of interest to a variety of people.  See some links below:

And there are also some articles discussing responses by the hospital:

Mycobacterial skin infection.   CDC/ Dr. Roger Feldman

Mycobacterial skin infection.
CDC/ Dr. Roger Feldman

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Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. My lab is in the UC Davis Genome Center and I hold appointments in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Medicine and the Department of Evolution and Ecology in the College of Biological Sciences. My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis (see my lab site here which has more information on lab activities).  In addition to research, I am heavily involved in the Open Access publishing and Open Science movements.