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BLOODSTREAM INFECTION OUTBREAK IN 4 STATES MAY BE LINKED TO HEPARIN SYRINGES

May 19, 2018
The CDC confirmed 14 cases of bloodstream infections in children across four U.S. states that may be connected to heparin and saline syringes distributed by medical technology company Becton Dickinson and Co., according to Reuters. The 14 bloodstream infection cases were caused by the same strain of the Serratia marcescens bacterium, Kiran Mayi Perkins, MD, the CDC's lead investigator on the outbreak, told Reuters. The infections occurred in seriously ill children who were receiving intravenous medications through a catheter or central line, which delivers medications such as chemotherapy. The confirmed infections were found in Tennessee, Colorado, Minnesota and Ohio. There were no deaths as a result of the outbreak, and most of the affected children were recovering well, Dr. Perkins said. The number of cases appears to be winding down, Dr. Perkins added.