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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
May 14, 2014

When Medical Tourism Is No Vacation

JAMA. 2014;311(18):1848. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.4249

Health departments in 7 states combined efforts last year to investigate antibiotic-resistant infections among more than a dozen women who had cosmetic surgery performed at clinics in the Dominican Republic.

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (MDHMH) launched the investigation after it received reports of 2 women with rapidly growing nontuberculous mycobacterial surgical-site infections. Both had surgery as medical tourists at the same private clinic in the Dominican Republic (Schnabel D et al. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2014;63[9]:201-202).

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