New pedi­cure fishy busi­ness

Townsville Bulletin - - World Snapshot -

UK health ex­perts are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the po­ten­tial risks of peo­ple catch­ing in­fec­tions from fish pedi­cures. The pop­u­lar high street treat­ment in­volves cus­tomers putting their feet in tanks of wa­ter con­tain­ing dozens of tiny Garra Rufa fish, which nib­ble on dead skin. The pedi­cures are pop­u­lar in Asia but have been banned in some US states. The Health Pro­tec­tion Agency is look­ing at whether the pedi­cures could spread in­fec­tions. It has not re­ceived any re­ports of in­fec­tions so far.

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