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