Tattoo rashes linked to ink

Tattoo rashes linked to ink

Tainted supplies caused stubborn bacterial infections

By Nathan Seppa, 15:25 PM August 22, 2012

Tattoos are getting some bad ink, literally.

An outbreak of uncommon bacterial skin infections in upstate New York in late 2011 has been traced to a tainted batch of ink used in a tattoo parlor, researchers report August 22 in the New England Journal of Medicine. The infections required potent antibiotics to vanquish the culprit, Mycobacterium chelonae, a bacterium in the same family as those that cause tuberculosis and leprosy.

Around the same time that the patients in New York were bein...

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