The genus Dietzia: a new home for some known and emerging opportunist pathogens

Roland Koerner, Michael Goodfellow, Amanda Jones

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Abstract

The genus Dietzia has only been established fairly recently. The Gram morphology and colony appearance of the species of this genus is remarkably similar to Rhodococcus equi. In the absence of simple, accurate methods for their identification, Dietzia spp. might have been misidentified as a Rhodococcus spp. and/or considered to be contaminants only. This MiniReview is designed to summarize current evidence on the clinical significance of Dietzia species, to consider their potential role as human pathogens, and to outline approaches that can be used to accurately classify and identify members of the genus, with the overall aim of alerting the medical microbiological community to a little known genus that contains clinically significant organisms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)296-305
JournalFEMS Immunology & Medical Microbiology
Volume55
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009

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