. . .The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say 68 patients in 16 US states have been diagnosed with a rare bacterial infection likely caused by preservative-free eyedrops.
The public health agency says a rare strain of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which is resistant to antibiotics, has resulted in the death of one American, as well as vision loss in eight other patients across the country.
Four people infected have been forced to have their eyes surgically removed, including Florida grandmother Clara Oliva, who is now suing the makers of EzriCare Artificial Tears.
“My client is horribly injured and now legally blind. I am currently investigating others similarly injured by this recalled product,” Oliva’s attorney Natasha Cortes wrote in an email to Law&Crime. . .
Back in January, the CDC warned people to stop using that product, as well as Delsam Pharma’s Artificial Tears and Ointment, after opened bottles taken from patients were found to contain the potentially deadly bacteria. (Read more from “Eyedrops Kill 1, Force Others to Have Eyes Removed Due to Drug-Resistant Bacteria: CDC Alert” HERE)
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