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CDC Investigates Elizabethkingia, The Rare Blood Infection Behind 18 Deaths In Wisconsin
Medical Daily

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has dispatched agents to Wisconsin to investigate 18 deaths and 44 cases of infection from Elizabethkingia, a type of bacteria that is often antibiotic-resistant, UPI reports.

State health officials began statewide surveillance on Jan. 5 after receiving notification of six potential cases between Dec. 29 and Jan. 4, according to Milwaukee-Wisconsin Sentinel Journal. The CDC’s investigation will focus on how people came into contact with the bacteria, which rarely infects humans.