SC hospital to expand water filtration system

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Greenville Health System says it will expand a new water filtration system to all of its campuses to prevent the type of outbreak that infected 15 patients and may have led to four deaths.

The Greenville News reports () that medical quality director Dr. Robert Mobley Jr. said installation of the new filtration system is an extraordinary measure, but one the system has taken on to protect patients.

Officials said last month that 14 people tested positive for atypical Mycobacterium abscessus. Most of them had cardiac surgery, while two had abdominal surgery and one a neurological operation. Officials think the infection may have been spread by health workers using tap water before surgery.

Mobley said it remains a mystery as to how the patients were infected by tap water.

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Information from: The Greenville News, http://www.greenvillenews.com

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