Saline products from Greece recalled after bacteria outbreak in Australian hospitals

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Scientists in the Australian Capital Territory have identified products from India and Greece as a possible source of contamination with Ralstonia – a form of bacteria normally found in soil and water – in saline products.

Queensland health minister, Shannon Fentiman, declared the possible source identification in a statement on Tuesday, November 28th, while expressing her condolences to the family of an elderly Queensland patient who died after the bacteria was found in their blood at a private hospital.

Contaminated saline product believed to have led to a man's death. Photo The Australian.
Contaminated saline product believed to have led to a man’s death. Photo: The Australian.

According to The Guardian, the identified saline products were in use across seven Queensland Health services, and have since been removed.

There are 43 suspected cases across Australia, with no cases yet to be reported in Victoria or Western Australia.

Source: The Guardian

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