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Fishy Beauty Trend: Spa Pedicures May Spread Disease

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YAHOO.COM - Fish that are used in trendy spa treatments to clean feet may not be so clean themselves, a new study suggests.

In "fish pedicures," the fish, called Garra rufa, exfoliate clients' feet by nibbling on them. During a session, clients immerse their feet, or sometimes their entire bodies, in water with the fish, allowing the fish to feed on dead skin for cosmetic reasons, or to control skin conditions, the researchers said.

The researchers found that supplies of these fish from Indonesia destined for spas in the United Kingdom harbored potentially harmful bacteria. The researchers intercepted and tested the fish upon their arrival at a U.K. airport. click here to read the full article