Consider atypical pathogens in nonresponsive infections

04/10/2012 | Dermatology Times

Mycobacterium massiliense is an emerging pathogen that should be suspected in skin and soft tissue infections that do not respond to antibiotics, according to a case study presented at the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery's 2011 meeting. The pathogen is resistant to some chemicals used to sterilize surgical instruments and has been traced to contaminated medications, footbaths, spa beds, tattoo dyes and surgical marking pens, the study authors said.

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