A worrying wave of infections in the US has already killed 18 people

A worrying wave of infections in the US has already killed 18 people

USA: 44 people have mysterious infections, 18 deaths
The state of Wisconsin is currently being overrun by a mysterious wave of infections. 44 people have already contracted the Elizabethkingia anophelis bacterium. 18 patients died. Authorities and doctors are puzzled by the cause.

Already 18 killed by mysterious wave of infections
The state of Wisconsin is currently dealing with a mysterious wave of infections. As the state health agency said, 44 people have been infected with the Elizabethkingia anophelis bacterium there since the beginning of November. According to a report by Medical Daily, 18 patients have died so far. It is said that the deaths do not necessarily have to be due to the bacteria, since the majority of the patients, according to "Fox News 6", were over 65 years old and had previously suffered from at least one serious illness. The exact trigger of the current wave of infections is so far unclear. No cases have apparently been reported from other US states.

No evidence of human-to-human transmission
According to a report by the dpa news agency, the responsible medical officer Karen McKeown told the Wisconsin State Journal: "We have not yet been able to find any common ground between the cases." There is no evidence of a person-to-person transmission. The National Health Authority CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is now supporting the local authorities in their search for the cause. Experts believe that there will be more cases. The State Department of Health Services said it planned to release new numbers on Wednesday.

A maximum of 500 infections a year
According to the information, a maximum of 500 cases of "Elizabethkingia" infections are registered in the USA per year. Symptoms that can occur include fever, chills and shortness of breath. In severe cases, an infection, according to health experts, can cause sepsis (blood poisoning). The infection is named after the American bacteriologist Elizabeth King, who first described the germs in 1959. (ad)

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