A  epidemiology investigation by scientists with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) using genomic testing has linked a tiny cluster of multidrug-resistant Sphingomonas koreensis infections to the hospital’s plumbing system.  Biofilms in pipes are a huge problem continue to plague hospitals around the world.  This is a systemic problem that is continually over looked by all because pipes are out of sight hence out of mind.  A big thank you to CIDRAP and NEJM.

Credit: Lydia Polimeni, National Institutes of Health, Flickr. (CC BY-NC 2.0)

The source for this news piece is CIDRAP and the NEJM.

Another great study by PLOS discusses pipe pathogens in more detail.