Microbiologic and clinical epidemiologic characteristics of the Chicago subset of a multistate outbreak of Serratia marcescens bacteremia

Monica K. Sikka, Mary K. Hayden, Stacy Pur, John Segreti, Alan A. Harris, Robert A. Weinstein, Gordon Trenholme

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We describe 22 patients from a multistate outbreak of Serratia marcescens bacteremia that was linked to contaminated prefilled syringes of heparin and saline supplied by 1 manufacturer. Contents of unused syringes were cultured in pools; samples from 25 (5.3%) of 472 syringes grew S. marcescens. Despite good clinical outcomes overall, patients had substantial morbidity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1191-1193
Number of pages3
JournalInfection control and hospital epidemiology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2010


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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