Infected IV fluid kills nine hospital patients in Alabama 

WHAT: Medical investigators found Serratia marcescens bacteria contaminating the intravenous nutritional supplement given to nine patients who died and 10 others who became ill at six Alabama hospitals.

HOW: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suspect the fatal bacteria was introduced during the mixing of a liquid nutritional supplement called Total Parenteral Nutrition at Meds IV Pharmacy in Birmingham.

WHAT’S HAPPENING NEXT: Meds IV Pharmacy voluntarily recalled its TPN supplement and is no longer open for business. CDC investigators said the contamination appeared to be contained and is not an expanding health threat.

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