Contaminated eye drops in US cause death and blindness in several people: They could have drug-resistant bacteria

At least 68 people in the United States have been infected eye infection through contaminated droplets, which caused the death of three people, it left eight people blind and four required surgery to remove one eye.

Health authorities in the United States reported that the cause of this situation was the use of eye drops contaminated with drug-resistant bacteria.

“There was redness, irritation, it was very itchy and it was abnormal,” said Adam Di Sarro. in a note published by CBS News in the US “It just kept getting worse, to the point where I couldn’t even see for a few hours.”

Di Sarro, a fire captain from Naples, Florida, revealed that he lost vision in one eye after using eye drops with drug-resistant bacteria, so he filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer.

Pharmaceutical companies EzriCare and Delsam Pharma withdrew their products from the market in February while health authorities continue to investigate the outbreak and monitor cases.

dr. Guillermo Amescua, cornea specialist at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute University of Miami Miller School of MedicineCBS News recounts who used an experimental light treatment that finally cleared the infection in Di Sarrowho, however, had already lost his left eye.

Firefighter filed a federal lawsuit in Florida against EzriCare and Delsam Pharmaa company that has already recalled several batches of its product after over-the-counter drops were linked to cases in 16 states.

He is also suing Amazon, who distributed eye drops. He accused the manufacturers of negligence.

Symptoms of an eye infection may include:

  • Yellow, green or clear discharge from the eye.
  • Eye pain or discomfort.
  • Redness of the eye or eyelid.
  • Sensation of something in the eye (foreign body sensation).
  • Increased sensitivity to light.
  • Blurred vision.

These products would be responsible for the epidemic that is happening Pseudomonas aeruginosaa bacterial species that is resistant to a large number of drugs, which makes treatment difficult.

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