M. chimaera update
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While we continue to work on case finding at the University of Iowa, we continue to receive calls from physicians across the country asking for advice. One of the major problems is the paucity of data to guide recommendations for the best approach to outbreak investigation.
We need CDC and FDA to expedite the needed work to answer many questions. At this point, there is no published descriptive epidemiology of the cases in the United States. There's still no information on molecular typing of the patient and environmental isolates to sort out whether this a point source outbreak with contamination occurring during the manufacturing process of the heater cooler devices. Every hospital working on this issue is struggling alone in the dark, while it's becoming increasingly clear that this is an expanding outbreak.
Today we learned that a class action lawsuit has been filed against Sorin, the manufacturer of the implicated devices.
We'll post more on this topic as it unfolds.