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CDC Links Bacterial Infection in Patients to LivaNova Surgical Device

Researchers linked a rare but potentially lethal bacterial infection that has affected patients in at least three states to contamination of a device used in open-heart surgery centers. At least four patients in the U.S. have died.

In a report published Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the researchers said a genomic analysis "strongly" suggests that the infections arose from a common source: a heater-cooler device that helps control a patient's body temperature during open-heart operations.

The device, called the Stö ckert 3T, is manufactured by LivaNova PLC of the U.K. and accounts for an estimated 60% share of the U.S. market for the machines, according to an account of the research published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly report.

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