Americans are contracting superbugs from weight loss surgery in Mexico

Mail Online | 3/21/2019 | Mary Kekatos Health Reporter For
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US health officials are doubling down on warnings to slimmers to think twice before traveling to Tijuana, Mexico, for weight loss surgery.

The rate of American citizens returning home with an antibiotic-resistant form of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, an aggressive bacteria, has more than doubled - from 11 in early January to 25 as of this week.

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More than half of the cases have been diagnosed in people who had gastric sleeve surgery - meant to shrink the stomach by about 80 percent - at Grand View Hospital, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC already put out a travel warning about this very issue in January, but this week, the agency is issuing reminders as doctors in San Diego, just across the border from Tijuana, say they are struggling to deal with an influx of patients.

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The San Diego Country Health and Human Services Agency told local doctors this week that four patients had gone to area hospitals with P. aeruginosa.

Dr Eric McDonald, medical director for San Diego County's epidemiology and immunizations services, told that one person was admitted with the infection in October 2018, one in January 2019 and two in February.

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As of this week, three of the four patients are still hospitalized, he said.

The CDC says that around 51,500 P. aeruginosa infections associated with healthcare occurs in the US each year.

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About 13 percent of the infections are resistant to several drugs and are responsible for approximately 400 deaths every year.

Of the 25 travelers to Tijuana who contracted the infection, most of them had weight loss-surgery between August 2018 and February 2019, and 18 of them had it performed at Grand View Hospital, reported The San Diego Union-Tribune.

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One of them was 40-year-old Tamika Capone, from Jonesboro, Arkansas, who had gone for bariatric surgery.

Her husband's insurance wouldn't...
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