Mycobacteria introduced by tattoos

Contaminated ink might be responsible for Mycobacterium chelonae infection after tattooing

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f122 (Published 30 January 2013)
Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f122

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  1. Ossie Ferdinand Uzoigwe, medical writer1
  1. 1Sheffield S10 1DG, UK
  1. chikauzoigwe{at}yahoo.co.uk

During one week in December 2012, both the BMJ and the New England Journal of Medicine reported a case of Mycobacterium chelonae infection after tattooing.1 2 These reports followed an outbreak in a New York tattoo parlour, reported in September 2012,3 where M chelonae was isolated from unopened ink vials from an Arizona …

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