Mycobacterium chelonae Abscesses Associated with Biomesotherapy, Australia, 2008
Source:Emerg Infect Dis. 19(9):1493-1495.
Mycobacterium Infections, Nontuberculous
Rapid Growing Mycobacterium
Skin Diseases, Bacterial
Description:An outbreak of skin abscesses occurred in Adelaide, Australia, in association with biomesotherapy, an alternative therapy practice. Mycobacterium chelonae was identified in 8 patient and 3 environmental samples. Our findings show M. chelonae infection can be associated with alternative therapies when infection-control breaches occur. Tighter regulations of alternative therapy practices are needed.
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