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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2010 Nov;31(11):1191-3. doi: 10.1086/657074.

Microbiologic and clinical epidemiologic characteristics of the Chicago subset of a multistate outbreak of Serratia marcescens bacteremia.

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Section of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois 60612, USA.

Abstract

We describe 22 patients from a multistate outbreak of Serratia marcescens bacteremia that was linked to contaminated prefilled syringes of heparin and saline supplied by 1 manufacturer. Contents of unused syringes were cultured in pools; samples from 25 (5.3%) of 472 syringes grew S. marcescens. Despite good clinical outcomes overall, patients had substantial morbidity.

PMID:
20923282
DOI:
10.1086/657074
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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