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Twelve children hospitalized for heart surgery contract rare bacterial infection, with more at risk, thanks to unclean surgical device

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Hospitals are often seen as the paragon of healthcare; when you or your child go to a hospital, there is a certain level of trust involved. But what happens when that implicit trust is violated? Over a dozen parents and children at a hospital in New Orleans learned the hard way that hospitals aren’t always places where sick people are made better. Sadly, sometimes hospitals are where sick people get made sicker.

Twelve children were diagnosed with a rare bacterial infection after undergoing heart surgeries at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans — and at least another 55 people are at risk, though there could be even more than that. Daily Mail reports that a contaminated medical device was the source of the outbreak. The bacteria, mycobacterium abcessus, is known to cause respiratory infections, pulmonary diseases, tissue infections and in some circumstances, the sick-making microbes can even cause central nervous system infections. To make matters worse, mycobacterium abcessus is notoriously difficult to remedy. While it is treatable, the Centers for Disease Control say the bacteria is “challenging” due to its resistance to treatment.


I don't need to tell you how much this sucks. Go in to get help and end up catching something in the process :(

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