Fish gambler's tenosynovitis caused by Mycobacterium marinum: environmental investigation of a fishing pond in Southern Taiwan

Hung Chin Tsai, Calvin M. Kunin, Susan Shin Jung Lee, Yao Shen Chen, Shue Ren Wann, Yu Wen Liu, Yung Ching Liu

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We describe a patient with Mycobacterium marinum tenosynovitis associated with a fish spine injury acquired at a gambling fishing pond in southern Taiwan and identify the source of the infection. M. marinum was isolated from fishing ponds and underground water and wastewater at the site. The isolates shared the same pulsed-field gel electrophoresis pattern as the patient. M. marinum was not detected in 54 samples obtained from 27 fish. Mycobacterium gordonae was isolated from 24 samples collected from the fish. Mycobacterium abscessus was isolated from 3 fish samples (Lateolabrax japonicus 1 and Sciaenops ocellatus 2). M. abscessus and M. gordonae were isolated from all water samples. This investigation provides strong evidence that the predisposing factor for the M. marinum infection was with a fish spine injury acquired at a gambling fishing pond. The source of the infection was the contaminated pond water.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-230
Number of pages4
JournalDiagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007
Externally publishedYes



  • Environmental water sampling
  • M. abscessus
  • M. gordonae
  • Mycobacterium marinum
  • Tenosynovitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Virology
  • Parasitology
  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

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