A factory in Germany that makes heater-cooler machines is the likely source of a global outbreak of deadly bacterial infections, a new analysis shows.
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What’s the problem?
July 15, 2017 – Scientists found identical DNA fingerprints on both infected heart surgery patients and samples taken from the heater-production site in Germany, according to Kaiser Health News. This led the researchers to conclude that heater-cooler devices manufactured at the LivaNova PLC plant in Munich, Germany, were contaminated during production, thus solving the mystery behind more than 100 rare infections in heart surgery patients since 2013.
“Our study closes the missing gap,” said Stefan Niemann, a professor with the German Center for Infection Research and one of the study’s co-authors.
The scientists looked at 250 DNA samples of Mycobacterium chimaera, an organism typically found in soil and tap water, and found a high degree of similarity in samples taken from the infected patients and those extracted from LivaNova heater-cooler units and the LivaNova factory in Munich.
They were not able to link individual patients to specific heater-cooler units because they lacked enough water and air samples to document transmission. Infections have been linked to contaminated water in the devices that is then misted into the air.
The study was published on July 12 in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.
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