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DPH, CDC offer updates on Elizabethkingia infection outbreak

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Division of Public Health (DPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to investigate an outbreak of Elizabethkingia (EK) infections that to date have occurred among patients in 12 Wisconsin counties.

The DPH and CDC are conducting site visits and collecting environmental samples from both private residences and health care facilities. The CDC also is assisting with testing of samples from a variety of potential sources, including health care products, water sources and the environment. To date, none of these have been found to be a source of the bacteria.

The DHS will be regularly updating the public and health care professionals about the EK outbreak:

  • Each Wednesday, DHS will send an update on this outbreak to partners who subscribe here. DHS also will share important information between updates as necessary with this list and local public health agencies.
  • The latest information regarding the Wisconsin EK outbreak, including the current case count, is available on the DHS website. This link contains an overview tab for general audiences and a tab of more detailed information (including health care facility response measures and infection control measures) for health professionals. The Wisconsin EK case count on this page will be updated every Wednesday after 2 p.m.
  • Questions regarding the Wisconsin EK outbreak should be sent to DHSResponse@wi.gov. Messages will be distributed to appropriate subject matter experts and responded to within 24 hours.

According to the DHS, these bacteria are rarely reported to cause illness in humans. Currently the source of these infections is unknown.

Editor’s Note: This content was provided by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services

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