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Are Mycoplasma pneumoniae bacteria found in dental water units?
Mycoplasma pneumoniae pneumonia is classified as an atypical pneumonia along with Legionellosis. Unlike Legionella bacteria, however, it has no environmental reservoir and is spread from person to person by inhalation.(1) There is no evidence that M. pneumoniae can be transmitted via dental equipment.
(1) CDC/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mycoplasma pneumoniae. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dbmd/diseaseinfo/mycoplasmapneum_t.htm