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.
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