US again warns women of ‘superbug’ in Dominican surgical clinics
Santo Domingo.- The US Center for Communicable Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, on Wednesday again warned women who travel to the Dominican Republic for cosmetic surgery of the high risks of contracting a “super bacteria.”
CDC lead epidemiologist Dr. Joseph Perz said the fast-growing bacteria requires a prolonged treatment, and complicates infections in women.
The bacteria, according to the CDC, is found in environments which lack sterilization standards.
In a report last week the CDC reported 21 women affected by the same outbreak, in 2013, after going to the Dominican Republic for plastic surgery including liposuction and breast augmentation or reduction.
Several women from New York, mostly Dominicans, have died from the bacteria and among the most recent cases detected in hospitals in northeastern US, 88% of those affected traveled to the Caribbean country to undergo cosmetic procedures.
Perz said the “super bacteria” is highly resistant to antibiotics and in most cases women have to undergo additional surgeries, mainly to remove implants in breast, abdomen and buttocks by Dominican surgeons. “It can take months and involve additional surgery to correct infection and naturally invasive bacteria.”
The problem, added the researcher, begins with mycobacteria that later develop in an accelerated manner, becoming “superbugs.”
Symptoms of infection by micro bacteria include redness and swelling at the site of the incision and drainage, or fluid loss through stitches.
The CDC cautions that before traveling to the Dominican Republic, women should research the clinics and surgeons they’ve chosen to ensure they’re qualified.
Last week the CDC said in 2013 a large number of cases were reported of women infected with dangerous bacteria at five clinics in the Dominican Republic and returned to the US with severe infections.
July 21, 2016
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