In Rochester, a tale of tainted tattoos: Outbreak highlights new source of infection -- tattoo ink

Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 14:30 in Health & Medicine

A recent study documents 19 cases of tattoos infected with a type of bacteria often found in tap water. Evidence points to a premixed gray ink, the type used in portrait tattoos, as the culprit. Physicians who treated the patients believe that tattoo-associated infections are probably more common than we think and that doctors should think about infectious causes if patients aren't responding to topical treatments that would typically dispel any allergic reactions to tattoos.

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