More than 50 people suspected to be infected and 1 dead US CDC calls for stop using EzriCare artificial tears| Taiwan English News| 2023-02-02 10:30:00

(Taiwan English News / Reported by Zhu Mingzhu Comprehensive Foreign News) Recently, there have been dozens of cases of infection in the United States due to a type of artificial tear, which even caused 3 people to lose their eyesight permanently and 1 person died. Although the incident is still under investigation, the These patients all used EzriCare artificial tears before infection.

According to comprehensive foreign reports, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating a Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection and issued a statement advising doctors and the public to suspend the use of artificial tears of the well-known brand EzriCare because it may have caused at least 50 people to be hospitalized in 11 states Prime culprit.

According to the US CDC, patients have been infected with Pseudomonas aeruginosa in 11 states including Florida, New Jersey, New York, California, Nevada, Texas, and Washington recently. According to most patients, they have used preservative-free EzriCare Artificial Tears.

According to medical records, 11 people had symptoms of eye infection such as pain, swelling, discharge, redness, blurred vision, and foreign body sensation. At least 3 people were blind in one eye, and the remaining patients had respiratory or urinary tract infections. , and another person died of sepsis caused by bacteria invading the blood.

However, it is unclear whether these patients had underlying eye diseases, such as glaucoma or cataracts.

Regulatory units are investigating EzriCare artificial tears. The CDC said investigators found bacteria in the opened drops, which will be compared with the patient’s strain, and the inspection of sealed bottles is also in progress. In addition, physicians and patients are advised to suspend the use of this artificial tear immediately until epidemiological investigations and laboratory analysis are completed.

EzriCare said in a statement on Wednesday that it is currently unclear whether its artificial tears are related to multiple Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections. Although they have not received a mandatory recall notice from the regulatory agency, they have voluntarily suspended the sale of the product. If there is any need It will also cooperate with FDA and CDC investigations and advise consumers to suspend use of related products.

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Pseudomonas aeruginosa, also known as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, is a Gram-negative bacterium with a long rod shape. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is suitable for growing in humid environments, often in soil, decaying organic matter, cultivated land, water sources and other places.

Pseudomonas aeruginosa often passes through water as an infectious medium. If Pseudomonas aeruginosa is contained in water, it may cause wound suppuration and blood infection after invading the human body through wounds or respiratory tracts. For example, sepsis, respiratory tract and urinary tract reproductive system may also be infected. cause meningitis. High-risk groups are the elderly or children with weakened immune systems.

It is suspected that more than 50 people were infected and 1 died. The US CDC calls for stopping the use of EzriCare artificial tears

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