November 11, 1998

Cutaneous Anthrax Associated With the Kombucha "Mushroom" in Iran

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor


Copyright 1998 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1998

JAMA. 1998;280(18):1567-1568. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-280-18-jbk1111

To the Editor.— A report entitled "Unexplained Severe Illness Possibly Associated With Consumption of Kombucha Tea—Iowa 1995,"1 was published in JAMA in 1996. I describe herein an outbreak of cutaneous anthrax related to the Kombucha mushroom in Iran. The Kombucha "mushroom" is a "symbiotic colony of several species of yeast and bacteria that are bound together by a surrounding thin membrane."1

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