Fatal Blood Infection Outbreak Spreads To Second State
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services confirmed that an older patient has died after contracting the infection, which is linked to 17 deaths out of 50 cases in Wisconsin.
The Washington Post:
The Mysterious Infection That Might Be Behind 17 Deaths In Wisconsin Has Spread To A Second State
The biggest outbreak of Elizabethkingia in recorded public health history just got bigger. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) confirmed Thursday that an older adult from the western part of the state has died after contracting the obscure blood infection, which has sickened more than 50 in Wisconsin. Seventeen of those patients died, though it’s not clear whether the infection was to blame. All of the victims were people with underlying health conditions, including the latest one in Michigan. An outbreak like this one is thought to be unprecedented — according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, most prior outbreaks had fewer than ten patients. (Kaplan, 3/18)
The Associated Press:
Michigan Death After Infection Linked To Wisconsin Outbreak
Health officials have confirmed that a western Michigan resident died after contracting a bloodstream infection matching a Wisconsin outbreak. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday that it was notified March 11 by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the match. The person was described as an older adult with underlying health conditions. (3/17)