Your Aquarium Can Be Source of Skin Infections
Lesions may take weeks to appear and link to fish tank is often forgotten, research shows.
Delayed diagnosis and treatment of a skin infection linked to contaminated water in home aquariums is common, according to a new study. Mycobacterium marinum infection occurs when bacteria in the non-chlorinated water of an aquarium enters an open skin wound on the arm or hand.
It can be difficult for doctors to identify and manage the infection because it takes two to four weeks of incubation before skin lesions appear. Because it's been so long, many patients don't remember the source of the exposure, the Henry Ford Hospital researchers said.
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