Mycobacterium marinum Infection in a Post-Katrina Carpenter: The Importance of Exposures

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Zachary P Nahmias
Tina Hsu
C Brad Bledsoe
Robert Skinner
Rebecca Todd-Bell

Keywords

Mycobacterium marinum, skin infection, Hurricane Katrina

Abstract

Mycobacterium marinum is typically seen in patients who have a history of exposure to aquariums. We report a unique case of M. marinum that developed on the right knee following participation in a Hurricane Katrina reconstruction project. We are hopeful that this report will alert providers to elicit a thorough history and include cultures for less commonly encountered infectious agents along with routine bacterial and fungal stains and cultures when seeing patients with particular exposure histories such as this.

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