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Emerg Infect Dis. 2005 Apr;11(4):616-8.

Mycobacteria in nail salon whirlpool footbaths, California.

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California Department of Health Services, Berkeley, California 94704, USA. dvugia@dhs.ca.gov

Abstract

In 2000, an outbreak of Mycobacterium fortuitum furunculosis affected customers using whirlpool footbaths at a nail salon. We swabbed 30 footbaths in 18 nail salons from 5 California counties and found mycobacteria in 29 (97%); M. fortuitum was the most common. Mycobacteria may pose an infectious risk for pedicure customers.

PMID:
15829204
PMCID:
PMC3320319
DOI:
10.3201/eid1104.040936
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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