Drug-Resistant Pathogen Claims Another Life Despite Recall: If This Is in Your Medicine Cabinet, Throw It Out Now

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Eyedrops that were recalled in February are the cause of one death and six cases of vision loss since that time, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“These were catastrophic and life-altering infections,” said Maroya Spalding Walters, who leads the CDC’s antimicrobial resistance team, according to NBC.

“Make sure that these recalled products are not still present, aren’t hiding on a shelf,” Spalding Walters said.

She noted that not everyone is aware of recalls.

“Anytime a product is recalled, there’s always a chance that it’s going to be still in homes and be used months or years down the road,” she said.

The CDC warned in its new update that “patients should stop using EzriCare or Delsam Pharma’s Artificial Tears and Delsam Pharma Artificial Ointment.”

Cases have been found in 18 states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin, the CDC reported.

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