Pseudomonas Infection Outbreak in England
Alert for clinicians of the possibility of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection in patients presenting with a skin infection at the site of a recent piercing.
We have been notified of two clusters (East Midlands and South East of England) of severe Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections following cosmetic piercing procedures. To date all have been ear piercings and have been undertaken between mid-July and late August 2016.
The product, linked to these cases of serious infection, is a 100ml bottled aftercare saline spray and is manufactured by Lion Care Products Ltd but there is no consistent brand or label being used on the product. Investigations are ongoing to remove the contaminated product from piercing studios however this product has been provided by piercing studios in many parts of England and therefore more cases are likely.
Clinicians should be aware of the possibility of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection and consider appropriate testing and treatment for any patients presenting with a skin infection at the site of a recent piercing.
Any confirmed cases of Pseudomonas aeruginosa should be reported to the Public Health Wales Health Protection Team who can be can contacted on 0300 00 300 32 or out of hours via ambulance control.