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Volume 11, Number 4—April 2005


Mycobacteria in Nail Salon Whirlpool Footbaths, California

Duc J. Vugia*Comments to Author , Yvonne Jang†, Candi Zizek*, Janet Ely†, Kevin L. Winthrop*‡, and Edward Desmond†
Author affiliations: *California Department of Health Services, Berkeley, California, USA; †California Department of Health Services, Richmond, California, USA; and; ‡Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Mycobacteria, by species, isolated from 30 whirlpool footbaths in 18 nail salons, California, 2000

Mycobacteria N (%) of spas
Mycobacterium fortuitum* 14 (47)
M. mucogenicum* 7 (23)
M. mageritense* 6 (20)
M. avium complex 5 (17)
M. smegmatis group* 4 (13)
UNTM* 3 (10)
M. simiae 3 (10)
M. gordonae 2 (7)
M. neoaurum-like* 2 (7)
M. lentiflavum 2 (7)

*Rapid growers. UNTM, unidentified nontuberculosis mycobacteria.

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