Mycobacteria in nail salon whirlpool footbaths, California

Duc J. Vugia, Yvonne Jang, Candi Zizek, Janet Ely, Kevin L. 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
StatePublished - Apr 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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