Letters Infections from tattooing

Outbreak of Mycobacterium chelonae in France

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c5483 (Published 26 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5483
  1. Joana Goldman, doctor1,
  2. François Caron, PhD, department of infectious diseases2,
  3. Julie de Quatrebarbes, doctor1,
  4. Martine Pestel-Caron, PharmD, department of microbiology2,
  5. Philippe Courville, doctor1,
  6. Martin Xavier Doré, doctor3,
  7. Damien Picard, doctor1,
  8. Anne-Bénédicte Duval-Modeste, doctor1,
  9. Pierre Bravard, doctor4,
  10. Pascal Joly, professor1
  1. 1Department of Dermatology and INSERM U905, Rouen University Hospital, University of Rouen, Rouen, France
  2. 2Groupe de Recherche sur les Antimicrobiens et les Microorganismes, UPRES EA 2656 (GRAM, IFR 23), Rouen University Hospital, University of Rouen, Rouen, France
  3. 3Dermatology Centre, Rue du Marechal Joffre, Le Havre, France
  4. 4Department of Dermatology, Le Havre General Hospital, Le Havre
  1. Pascal.Joly{at}chu-rouen.fr

Tattooing is common worldwide.1 Various infections have been reported, including local infections mainly due to pyogenic bacteria and systemic infections such as hepatitis B and C and HIV.2 3 We report a large outbreak of Mycobacterium chelonae skin infection occurring in France over eight months that was related to contaminated ink.

Forty eight patients presented with skin lesions, mainly pustules, occurring from 3 to 35 …

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