Multistate Outbreak of Infections Caused by Elizabethkingia anophelis

Current Case Counts As of April 12, 2016
(Updated April 12, 2016)

Wisconsin
Number of confirmed cases (includes deaths)*: 57
Number of deaths among confirmed cases*: 18

Michigan
Number of confirmed cases (includes deaths)*: 1
Number of deaths among confirmed cases*: 1

Illinois
Number of confirmed cases (includes deaths)*: 1
Number of deaths among confirmed cases*: 1

*Case counts will be updated weekly on Wednesdays

CDC, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WDHS), the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are investigating an outbreak of infections caused by a bacterium called Elizabethkingia anophelis, which is usually found in the environment. The majority of the infections identified to date have been bloodstream infections, but some patients have had Elizabethkingia isolated from other sites, such as their respiratory systems or joints.

The majority of the patients who have had Elizabethkingia infections as part of this outbreak are over the age of 65 years, and all have had serious underlying health conditions. It has not been determined whether the deaths associated with this outbreak were caused by the bacterial infection, the patients’ underlying health conditions, or both.

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Source: Outbreaks | Elizabethkingia | CDC