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Mycobacterium marinum



Mycobacterium marinum (M marinum) is a slow-growing mycobacterium found in salt water and fresh water. M marinum infections produce red, painful sores on hands and arms. There is no known risk of M marinum from eating fish or seafood, and it cannot be spread from person-to-person.

If you have developed red, painful sores on your hands and arms after handling raw shrimp, contact the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577 and speak with a Communicable Disease Control nurse. You can also access more information in this Mycobacterium marinum fact sheet.