ScienceSketchy stem-cell treatments in Mexico led to drug-resistant infections

Sketchy stem-cell treatments in Mexico led to drug-resistant infections



Three people who traveled to Mexico for stem-cell injections that are not approved in the U.S. contracted difficult-to-treat, drug-resistant infections, a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Thursday (May 9).

The infections were caused by Mycobacterium abscessus, a bacterium that’s distantly related to the ones behind tuberculosis and leprosy. The microbe commonly lurks in soil, water and dust, and it’s known to sometimes contaminate medications and medical devices and thus cause infections in health care settings. 



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