Flavobacterium meningosepticum

An aerobic, oxidase-positive, gram-negative bacillus that produces a slight yellow pigmented colony. The natural habitat is soil and water. A significant source of infections include heated and unheated nebulizers, water baths, sink faucets, distilled water lines, dental chair spray units, and cold humidifiers. Associated with epidemic situations involving outbreaks of meningitis in hospital neonatal nurseries.

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