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Rare Infectious Bacterial Outbreak Leaves Wisconsin Officials Puzzled

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Officials in Wisconsin are investigating an outbreak involving a rare bacterium that may be linked to the deaths of nearly 20 people in the past few months.

The bacteria, Elizabethkingia anophelis, cause infections in the bloodstream and has mainly affected people over the age of 65 in southern Wisconsin. Fourty-four people were infected between November 1 and March 2, and the bacteria could be responsible for the deaths of 18, NBC News reports.

So-called disease detectives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been called in to help find the source of the infection.

All the patients studied so far have a history of at least one underlying illness, including diabetes, renal disease or cirrhosis, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Symptoms of Elizabethkingia infection include shortness of breath, fever and chills.


Another disease that's been around for decades (I've never heard of this before) and is now rearing it's head. They're even testing cosmetics to find the source. But say that it's not transmissible with human to human contact.

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This isn't particularly puzzling to me.

Wisconsinites can thank their state government for allowing a surge of disease ridden refugees into their state.

The rare bacteria was traced back to the middle east in 1954.

Neisseria meningitidis, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae type b are most commonly associated with bacterial meningitis accounting for almost 90% of reported cases of acute bacterial meningitis in infants over 60 days of age and young children. This work reviews the epidemiology of bacterial meningitis in the Mediterranean region as well as the antimicrobial susceptibility of the etiological agents

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