Two lifeless in US from tainted surgical procedures in Mexico; 206 extra might have mind infections

This 2006 image depicts two sides of a Petri dish (reverse L, front R) growing a filamentous colony of <em>Fusarium solani</em>, the potential fungal pathogen behind the outbreak.

Enlarge / This 2006 picture depicts two sides of a Petri dish (reverse L, entrance R) rising a filamentous colony of Fusarium solani, the potential fungal pathogen behind the outbreak. (credit score: CDC/ Mark Lindsley, Sc.D. D(ABMM), Lynette Benjamin, Shirley McClinton)

A second particular person within the US has died in an outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to surgical procedures in Mexico that concerned epidural anesthesia. Whereas the case depend is now as much as 18, greater than 200 others throughout 25 states might have additionally been uncovered, the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention warned in an outbreak replace Wednesday.

Thus far, the outbreak amongst US sufferers spans 224 folks, with 206 doubtlessly uncovered and below investigation, 9 suspected instances, and 9 possible instances. Two of the sufferers with possible instances have died.

Final week, the CDC launched a journey advisory and a well being alert to clinicians concerning the instances. On the time, well being authorities had recognized solely 5 instances, all Texas residents, certainly one of whom had died. An replace Wednesday from Texas well being officers stated that they’ve since recognized two extra instances, bringing the state’s complete to seven. All seven instances have been hospitalized, however the officers are nonetheless reporting just one demise in Texas.

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