State officials are investigating over fifty documented cases of B. cepacia found in the state of New Jersey in 2016.
B. cepacia (or Burkholderia sepacia) is an especially dangerous group of bacteria found in soil and water that is often resistant to antibiotics. While healthy individuals are generally unaffected by B. cepacia, those with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop infections from B. cepacia exposure.
B. cepacia can be transmitted a number of ways, including through contaminated medicines and contaminated medical supplies, person to person, or through contact with contaminated surfaces or environments.
B. cepacia infections can result in various conditions, including damaging lung infections, long term lung function deterioration, and even death.
The CDC reports when infections enter the bloodstream symptoms can include:
- Chills or shivering
- Clammy or sweaty skin
- Confusion or disorientation
- Shortness of breath
- Increased heart rate
The NJ outbreak appears to be linked to Texas based supplier of syringes. Investigations are ongoing.
If you or a loved one suffered a preventable infection during a hospital or long term care stay contact us today. Our medical malpractice attorneys may be able to help you secure compensation.