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Tamika Capone thought she was making a smart call by traveling to Mexico for bariatric surgery. Her doctor had urged her to have the procedure to reduce her out-of-control weight and blood pressure. But her husband’s health insurance would not cover the $17,500 bill. After a friend got the surgery in Tijuana for $4,000, Capone decided to do the same.

Nearly four months later, the Arkansas woman is one of at least a dozen U.S. residents who returned from surgeries in Tijuana with a rare and potentially deadly strain of bacteria resistant to virtually all antibiotics, say federal health officials. Some in the group recovered, but Capone, 40, remains seriously ill despite being treated witha barrage of drugs.

The article goes on to state the following:

If the bacteria spreads to her bloodstream, doctors say it could be fatal. “I’ve not yet had a patient with zero options, but this is as close as I’ve had,” said Ryan Dare, an infectious disease doctor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock who is treating her.

The Salt Lake Tribune further reports:

According to a news release, the infections have been traced to surgical procedures — mostly weight-loss surgery — in Tijuana. Patients returned to Utah infected with a drug-resistent form of Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also investigating the cases in Utah, as well as in several other states.

The report goes on to state:

According to the health department, about half the Americans infected had surgery at Grand View Hospital in Tijuana, where “poor infection-control practices” included “failure to appropriately clean and disinfect surgical instruments. As a result, patients may have been exposed to bacterial infections and blood-borne infections.

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