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An outbreak of extensively drug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacterial infections that are linked to eye drops has caused a dozen people to lose their sight and killed three others in sixteen states, as of a March 14, 2023 announcement by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The infections have been brought on by the VIM-GES-CRPA strain of P. aeruginosa bacterium. A total of 68 people have fallen ill so far, in eight cases people went blind from the infection and in another four cases, people’s eyeballs had to be surgically removed.

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