Transcript for 18 People Killed in Wisconsin From Bacteria Infection
We turn now to an alarming health headline tonight the CDC on the scene investigating the trail of mysterious and deadly bacteria. ABC's Alex Perez in Wisconsin. Tonight medical mystery CDC disease detectives. Hunting for the cause of an outbreak of a rare blood infection to have an outbreak of this magnitude. Is very. Doctor nausea south dar has been tracking the outbreak of Elizabeth Kenya. State's usual report five to ten cases a year but since November in southern Wisconsin 44 cases. Eighteen people have died. If they are related and we have to look for a common source of mean what is it that's common to all these 44 people that they got infected with Elizabeth Kenya. The victims mostly 65 or older many already sick with other illnesses and symptoms include fever shortness of breath in skin infection. The bacteria can survive in sinks in water. Most concerning for officials the victims are scattered across eleven counties which makes pinpointing a cause even tougher. And David the illness is treatable but doctors say the bacteria is resistant to many antibiotics are so early detection is critical David Alex thank you.
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