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December 9, 2019

Around the nation: 7 people died from flesh-eating bacteria associated with black tar heroin

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    The victims were admitted to San Diego hospitals with severe myonecrosis between Oct. 2 and Nov. 24 after injecting the drug, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, New York, and South Carolina.

    • California: At least seven people between the ages of 19 and 57 in the San Diego area have died from a flesh eating bacteria associated with black tar heroin, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency announced Wednesday. The patients were part of a group of nine people who were admitted to hospitals with severe myonecrosis between Oct. 2 and Nov. 24 after injecting black tar heroin. Investigators are currently working to identify the source of the drug (Miller, USA Today, 12/5). 

    • New York: Newfane Inter-Community Memorial Hospital officially closed on Nov. 29. Eastern Niagara Health System announced plans to close the campus in August and started scaling back services at the hospital before shutting it down. The health system's campus in Lockport, New York, which entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy in November, will remain open (Ellison, Becker's Hospital Review, 12/2).

    • South Carolina: Prisma Health Children's Hospital has acquired a neonatal intensive care ambulance. The 11-year-old ambulance is "designed to specifically transport incredibly ill newborns and allows us to transport two babies at a time," according to Robin LaCroix, medical director of the hospital. With the ambulance, Prisma will be able to treat very sick children "immediately," according to Prisma Health Upstate EMS Executive Director Aaron Dix (Blair, WYFF4, 12/4).

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