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The WHO's update on 13 cases reported from Saudi Arabia also includes a pair of household contacts and some cases with camel exposure.
The bacterium may have recently evolved to spread person to person, as it becomes more virulent.
The WHO says preventive antibiotics should be used before and during surgery but not after.
The pockets and sleeves of nurses' scrubs showed contamination 10% of the time.
The concern comes after heater-cooler devices were found to be contaminated with Mycobacterium chimaera.
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