CDC: Cosmetic tourism linked to 'superbug' infections

Health officials have found that some people who received cosmetic surgery in the Dominican Republic have contracted a rapidly growing mycobacteria, which is often resistant

Dr. Joseph Perz, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says treatment for these so-called

Dr. Joseph Perz, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says treatment for these so-called "superbugs" can be "quite prolonged." (7/20/16)

NEW YORK - Health officials have found that some people who received cosmetic surgery in the Dominican Republic have contracted a rapidly growing mycobacteria, which is often resistant to standard antibiotics.

Dr. Joseph Perz, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says treatment for these so-called "superbugs" can be "quite prolonged."

"It can take months, and it may involve additional surgeries to correct the infection and the invasive nature of the bacteria," says Hassad.

Symptoms for mycobacteria infection include redness and swelling at the incision site, as well as oozing or fluid leaking from stitches.

The CDC says to do research on the location performing the surgery overseas to make sure they are qualified.

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