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Contaminated Syringes Sicken Dozens

December 22, 2007

Federal health officials said they are investigating dozens of infections linked to medical syringes contaminated with bacteria. The infections were caused by bacteria called Serratia marcescens, found in a single batch of heparin-filled syringes made in Angier, NC by Sierra Pre-Filled. About 40 people have been sickened in Illinois and Texas. Physicians have traced the infections to heparin-filled syringes the patients used during home treatment for cancer and other illnesses.

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