Survival of Mycoplasmas and Ureaplasmas in Water and at Elevated Temperatures 901422
The survival of Mycoplasma hominis, Mycoplasma salivarium, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, and Ureaplasma urealyticum in water and at elevated temperatures is a cause for concern. These microorganisms are pathogens. Some are implicated in serious genitourinary tract infections in men and women resulting in significant perinatal mortality and morbidity; others can cause respiratory tract infections. M. hominis has been implicated in wound infections, osteomyelitis, and infections of the heart valve.
Because these microorganisms are pathogens, their survival in a closed water system has relevance to the well-being of crew members in an enclosed space. Consideration must be given to the elimination of these bacteria during recycling of water.