Officials warn Wisconsin hospitals to be on alert for new bacterial outbreak

A new bacterial outbreak, dubbed Elizabethkingia anopheles, has emerged in southeastern Wisconsin and area hospitals must be extra vigilant, according to Hospitals & Health Networks. Because many people aren't aware of the bacteria, which has already killed 18 people, officials warn the danger may grow if providers fail to recognize cases. "What healthcare systems need to realize is that this is a much larger outbreak," Nasia Safdar, M.D., medical director for infection control at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, told H&HN. Providers must alert public health about any confirmed case, retrieve the positive specimen, and send it to the state lab or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Article

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