9 Ala. hospital patients die from lethal bacteria in IV bags, CNN, March 30, 2011:
... Health officials are investigating a bacteria outbreak at 6 Alabama hospitals traced to intravenous food bags.
Officials say the bags contained a bacteria that can prove fatal. Nineteen patients were infected, after being fed intravenously. Nine of them have died, but authorities say it's still not clear if the bacteria caused those deaths.
Alabama State Health Officer Donald Williamson says, "One of the things that we're working through now in the ongoing investigation is to try to ascertain how many of the nine deaths were probably attributable to the infection versus how many of them were simply coincidental infections."
The investigation was prompted on March 16th when two hospitals reported an unusual number of high-risk patients infected with a certain type of bacteria. Alabama health officials say the contaminated IV bags were recalled by the manufacturer last Thursday. The company has not returned calls for comment. Officials say the products no longer pose a threat and now the investigation is focused on preventing another incident. ...