March 29, 2016
Questions remain over deadly mystery bacteria in Midwest
Health officials are still searching for the source of a serious blood infection linked to at least 18 deaths in the Midwest. The bacteria, called Elizabethkingia, does not usually cause illness in humans, but in recent months it has sickened dozens and killed 17 people in Wisconsin and one in Michigan. "This is not a new bacteria, although the strain that seems to be spreading now in Wisconsin is a slightly different one than we're used to seeing," CBS News medical contributor Dr. Holly Phillips explained. "It can cause serious blood infections or meningitis, but generally we see five to ten cases in every state in every year."