Lindsay Shaw

How common is Burkholderia cepacia complex?

The rate of BCC infection varies greatly between CF centres but overall in Canada approximately 3-5% of people with CF grow BCC in their lungs. 20% of the adults enrolled in the St. Michael's Hospital Adult CF Program have BCC, which is the highest amount of any clinic in Canada. The high rate of BCC in Toronto is because people with CF contracted BCC decades ago when the risk of person-to- person transmission was not known and there were not strict infection control policies in the clinic. In addition, people with CF acquired BCC at the CF camps.