Mycobacteria in nail salon whirlpool footbaths, California

Duc J. Vugia, Yvonne Jang, Candi Zizek, Janet Ely, Kevin Winthrop, Edward Desmond

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)616-618
Number of pages3
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2005
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)

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Vugia, D. J., Jang, Y., Zizek, C., Ely, J., Winthrop, K., & Desmond, E. (2005). Mycobacteria in nail salon whirlpool footbaths, California. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 11(4), 616-618.