Friday, November 20, 2009

Nasal spray and Burkholderia cepacia

Vicks has recalled some of its nasal sprays because of possible contamination with a soil bacterium, Burkholderia cepacia, which can cause problems to people with impaired immune systems or cystic fibrosis, and has caused hospital acquired infections.

There is news and details of the recalled products, including lot numbers, on WebMD - this includes details of the recalled products in the US, Germany and the UK. The story is also covered on PJ Online, and the MHRA alert is here.

For more on B. cepacia, try these:

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (USA)
Burkholderia cepacia complex MLST databases (multilocus sequence databases - allelic and isolate information)
Health Protection Agency
CDC

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