Gram-negative bacteria and Staphylococcus aureus in the sputum of patients with cystic fibrosis can travel up to four metres during coughing and remain viable for up to 45 minutes. The findings suggest that person-to-person transmission of the organisms is possible, similar to more common pathogens in cystic fibrosis such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Mycobacterium abscessus. ...
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