At least four dead and more than 80 affected in United States by contaminated eye drops
At least four people have died from a bacteria found in a batch of eye drop products. eye drops in the U.S., which has affected 81 people in 18 U.S. states since the beginning of the year.
The figures have been confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has recorded since its last report card in March another death and 13 other caseshalf of them however occurred before the withdrawal from the market of the batch contaminated with this bacterium, identified as pseudomonas aeruginosa.
While infections with this bacterium in general are common, the CDC has warned that it is a very rare, drug-resistant strain that has never been seen before. in the country, which has spread from person to person, especially in healthcare facilities.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has urged Americans to avoid the two brands linked to the outbreak, Delsam Pharma and EzriCare, purportedly originating from a plant in India, operated by Global Pharma Healthcare Private Limited.
An agency investigation conducted earlier this year at the facility detected. serious contamination problems in the equipment used to develop the eye drops.. U.S. authorities have declined to provide further information on the bacteria responsible, CBS reports.