Infection with Burkholderia cepacia due to social contact is well described in patients with cystic fibrosis. However, social transmission to non-cystic fibrosis individuals or chronic colonisation in non-cystic fibrosis individuals has not been described. A report of B cepacia bronchiectasis is presented where a previously healthy mother of two cystic fibrosis children colonised with B cepacia became infected by the same epidemic strain. The implications of this for parents, siblings, and partners of individuals with cystic fibrosis are discussed.
- Burkholderia cepacia
- cross infection
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