Outbreak of Mycobacterium chelonae infection associated with tattoo ink.

  title={Outbreak of Mycobacterium chelonae infection associated with tattoo ink.},
  author={Byron S. Kennedy and Brenden Bedard and Mary Younge and Deborah Tuttle and Eric Ammerman and John P Ricci and Andrew S Doniger and Vincent E Escuyer and Kara Mitchell and Judith A Noble-Wang and Heather A O'Connell and William A. Lanier and Linda M Katz and Robert Betts and Mary Gail Mercurio and Glynis A. Scott and Matthew A. Lewis and Mark H Goldgeier},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  volume={367 11},
BACKGROUND In January 2012, on the basis of an initial report from a dermatologist, we began to investigate an outbreak of tattoo-associated Mycobacterium chelonae skin and soft-tissue infections in Rochester, New York. The main goals were to identify the extent, cause, and form of transmission of the outbreak and to prevent further cases of infection. METHODS We analyzed data from structured interviews with the patients, histopathological testing of skin-biopsy specimens, acid-fast bacilli… CONTINUE READING
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