NTM particularly affects women 50 years of age or older, of European and Asian descent and, for reasons that are unknown, NTM patients are often slender, active women. It is also more common in warmer climates. NTM can be treated successfully over an 18 to 24 month period, and while some patients recover fully, others do not.
The bacteria are widely found in the environment, including soil and tap water, which means people can become infected through everyday activities such as showering and gardening.
For someone living with NTM, connecting to support services including peer support can be a really important aspect to managing your condition.