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Tattoos Linked to Hard-to-Treat Bacterial Infection

"Tap water was used to dilute tattoo ink, and may have been the source of the bacteria, the CDC said. While using tap water is not against standards, the researchers recommended tattoo artists use distilled or sterile water at all times."


NYC experienced 2 infections from one shop caused by mixing ink with tap water, with a different mycobacterium. NYC notified  tattooists to only use Sterile Water, later amended by interpretation as not disallowing other safe and effective diluents.
Posted 20190812
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