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New bacteria strain may be a concern for those with fish tanks at home


DETROIT (WKZO) -- Do you own a fish tank? Be warned.

There maybe something in there that’s rare and dangerous and difficult to treat, and discovered first in Michigan by a group of doctors  in the Detroit area who say it may be spreading.

It won’t leave you with a bloody stump, but Mycobacterium Marinum could leave you with a nasty rash and skin irritation.

Dr. George Alangaden at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit says they have seen an increase in cases.

He says its transmitted through cuts and scrapes when your skin comes in contact with infected water.

He suggests you use rubber gloves to clean the tank or talk someone else into doing it.

He says it probably gets around by hitchhking on fish which get traded and sold.

Getting rid of it can involve more than one anti-biotic and weeks of needles.

He says in the meantime you want to protect yourself from the rash.