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Infection Outbreak Linked to Hospital Tap Water

Published: April 24, 2018

Tap Water WATER DANGERS Bacteria found in hospital tap water allegedly infected 27 patients.

Health officials are trying to determine how a bacteria found in the regular tap water supply infected 27 women who underwent surgery at a Charleston, S.C., hospital in 2016 and 2017.

The tap water at Roper Hospital tested positive for non-tuberculous mycobacteria, but hospital officials can't explain how surgical patients were exposed to bacteria found in the regular tap water supply.

Most of the infected patients underwent breast reconstruction surgery. They required additional surgery and months of antibiotic treatment to treat the infection.

A lawsuit filed on behalf of one of the patients also alleges several lapses in infection control practices during procedures, including improper changing of gloves, uncovered hair and non-scrubbed visitors standing too close to the sterile field.

Roper Hospital did not respond to a request for comment.

Richard Abowitz

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