Nocardia fluminea identified with MALDI TOF MS
Nocardia fluminea is a species of bacteria belonging to the genus Nocardia. It was described in 2000 as part of the Nocardia salmonicida clade, which also includes Nocardia cummidelens and Nocardia soli. Nocardia is a genus of weakly staining Gram-positive, catalase-positive, rod-shaped bacteria, and some species are known to cause nocardiosis in humans, particularly in immunocompromised individuals. The clinical and laboratory features of Nocardia species, including N. fluminea, are important for understanding their pathogenic potential and for guiding treatment decisions.