Multiple drug resistant infections following piercings in Santa Fe, Argentina

In Santa Fe, a 14 year old child died due to an overwhelming infection with a multiple-drug resistant staph infections after an ear piercing. In addition a 20 year old person was in critical condition with meningitis, pneumonia and a serious eye infection due to the same bacteria following a nose piercing. The place of the piercings and the technique used is not reported.

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Advice For Travellers

Travellers should be cautious when obtaining skin piercings and tattoos and ensure that piercing establishments are officially sanctioned and that properly sterilized equipment is use.