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Contaminated IVs suspected in deaths of nine patients

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Alabama public health officials are investigating an outbreak of bacterial infections at six hospitals in the state. So far, 19 patients receiving TPN, a nutritional liquid administered via IV, have become sick with Serratia marcenscens. Nine of the patients have died, although it’s not yet clear they died from contaminated product or from the illnesses that brought them to the hospitals in the first place.

Serratia marcenscens isn’t contagious from personal contact, and there is no threat to the larger population.

The company that makes TPN has halted production and distribution while the matter is investigated.

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