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Health officials close Maryland surgical center

Timonium, Md. — Maryland health officials have shut down a medspa after three patients who had undergone liposuction procedures developed severe invasive group A Streptococcus, and one of the patients died.

According to a written order to cease operations to Monarch Med Spa in Timonium, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene noted it had observed “probable deviations from standard infection control practices" after visiting the location.

The health department noted that Monarch Med Spa was cooperating with authorities. Cosmetic surgery facilities in Maryland are not subject to state licensure, but state health authorities intend to seek public comment on oversight of the centers, according to the statement.

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