Mycobacteriosis. Part I: Non-tuberculous Mycobacteria



Ahmed A. Toweir

Faculty of Medicine, Garyounis University, Benghazi, Libya

JMJ Vol.8 No.1 (Spring) 2008:5-9


From the turn of the last century reports continued of the isolation of Non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM), and there is now evidence that diseases caused by such organisms are becoming increasingly recognized in many places worldwide occuring more frequently than M. tuberculosis, particularly in association with HIV/AIDS infection. Better diagnostic techniques with optimal sense of suspicion and revitalization of the National Tuberculosis Control Programmes (NTCP) are urgently required to overcome this problem globally.

Keywords: Tuberculosis, Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM), Human Immune deficiency Virus (HIV).