Southern New Jersey impacted by contaminated syringes

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State health officials say at least 10 people in Atlantic County and three in Ocean County have contracted a bacterial infection stemming from the use of contaminated medical supplies.

The Press of Atlantic City reports New Jersey has seen 52 cases of B. cepacia infection directly linked to a multistate outbreak currently under investigation by state and federal health officials.

The New Jersey Department of Health issued warnings to long-term health care facilities last month regarding possible contamination from saline flush syringes made by Texas-based supplier Nurse Assist.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials say the cases were found among 19 different facilities in the state. The facilities weren’t identified.

The bacteria can cause fevers, chills, shortness of breath and an abnormal heart rate among other symptoms.

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