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Bacterial infections reported at Lilburn clinic

LILBURN -- A Lilburn dermatology office is believed to be the origin of a number of recent bacterial infections.

Gwinnett County Health Department spokeswoman Karen Shields said Thursday that epidemiologists were "looking into one lab-confirmed case" of MRSA -- an antibiotic-resistant brand of staph infection -- at Lilburn's Premiere Aesthetic Center. The department began its investigation at the dermatology and surgery center, located at 4650 Stone Mountain Highway, about two weeks ago, she said.

WSB-TV, however, reported that as many as six instances of the bacteria had been reported at the facility, citing intel gathered from a former nurse. The nurse said several patients who had undergone cosmetic surgery contracted the bacteria. An email the TV station obtained reportedly told all staff members and their families to "start antibiotic treatment if they hadn't already and begin stricter cleaning policies at the clinic."

Shields told the Daily Post she couldn't put a timeframe on her department's probe.

"The investigation will continue until our epidemiology staff has reviewed all of the information that needs to be reviewed," she said.

The county health department does not have the authority to suspend or revoke licenses.

Calls to the Premiere Aesthetic Center went unanswered Thursday.

MRSA can be contracted in a number of ways, including uncovered wounds, medical devices, participation in sports and some unsanitary conditions. Because it is resistant to many antibiotics, it can be difficult to treat and sometimes prove life-threatening.

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Lilburn Premiere Aesthetic Center

Lilburn Premiere Aesthetic Center

Comments

kevin 1 year, 3 months ago

this sort of tells you what has been going on at this "medical" facility.

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Why_not 1 year, 3 months ago

This type of infection happens often at hospitals but most don't realize it.

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