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One person has died and three have been partially blind after using these eye drops, the CDC warns.


EzriCare Artificial Tears drops, which were still on the market until Tuesday, have been linked to a serious antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection. The health agency asked the public to stop using it "immediately" while the investigation continues.

By Erika Edwards -

NBC News

At least one person has died and three others have been blinded in one eye from an antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection that may be linked to a brand of over-the-counter eye drops, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned. (CDC).

Most of those affected have said they used preservative-free

EzriCare Artificial Tears brand drops

, the CDC said in a Jan. 20 statement.

The absence of preservatives means that

the product does not contain anything to prevent microbiological growth


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While the CDC has not conclusively established that these drops are the cause of the infections that have been reported, they recommended that patients “immediately discontinue use of EzriCare Artificial Tears brand drops until the epidemiologic investigation and clinical findings are complete.” Laboratory analysis".

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The CDC has identified at least 50 people in 11 states with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a type of bacteria that is resistant to most antibiotics.

Cases have been reported in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, Texas, Utah, and Washington.

Most of the patients said they used EzriCare Artificial Tears before they got it.

Eleven developed eye infections and

at least three of them became blind in one eye


Others had respiratory infections or urinary tract infections.

One person even

died after the bacteria got into their bloodstream.


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It is not clear if the affected patients had previous eye conditions, such as glaucoma or cataracts, that would have made them more susceptible.

Symptoms of an eye infection include pain, swelling, discharge, redness, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, and the sensation of some type of foreign object being stuck in the eye.

The Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacterium is commonly found in water, soil, and even on the hands of healthy people.

Infections by the bacteria generally occur in hospital settings, and among people with weakened immune systems.

This type of bacteria

is usually resistant to commonly used antibiotics.

"That's what's so concerning," said Dr. Jill Weatherhead, an assistant professor of tropical medicine and infectious diseases at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

“Our standard treatments no longer work” to treat this infection.

On the label of the drops that are being investigated, it says that it does not have preservatives.

The product may have been contaminated during the manufacturing process or through transfer of the bacteria from your fingers into the jar.

The CDC found the bacteria in the vials of the drops and is now testing to see if that bacteria matches the strain found in the patients.

As of Tuesday,

EzriCare's artificial tears had not been recalled


They have continued to be sold on Amazon and in stores like Walmart.

Source: telemundo

All news articles on 2023-02-01

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