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Published On: Sun, Apr 6th, 2014

Chinatown Mycobacterium marinum outbreak doubles over past month

In a follow-up to a report on March 5, the outbreak of skin infections caused by the bacterium, Mycobacterium marinum, linked to handling raw seafood has more than doubled since first reported.

A tweet from the New York City Department of Health linking to an NBC story reveals the case count is over 60, in fact the exact number is 66. This is up from 30 cases a month ago.

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Health officials are warning those who purchase raw fish and seafood at Chinatowns in Manhattan, Queens or Brooklyn to wear waterproof gloves when handling those items, and to seek medical care if they discover red bumps on hands or arms.

Read more about Mycobacterium marinum here

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