Contaminated IVs Suspected in 9 Deaths
According to Alabama state health officials, nine of 19 patients who were infected with bacteria that got into their blood after they were fed intravenously have died in six hospitals.
“This represents an example of an outbreak that does, unfortunately, occur,” Dr. Don Williamson of the Alabama Department of Public Health told reporters in a conference call.
The bacteria, identified as serratia marcescens bacteremia, can prove fatal, though investigators — including those from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — have not determined that they caused the deaths, he said, adding that the investigation is ongoing.
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