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International News: Mexico arrests anesthesiologist following 35 meningitis deaths

Posted: Wednesday, February 8, 2023. 12:58 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On Tuesday, Mexican officials detained an anesthesiologist following an outbreak of meningitis that has killed 35 patients and sickened 79, the Associated Press reports.

Mexican authorities say that the anesthesiologist used contaminated morphine. It was unclear what charges he faces.

Chief prosecutor, Sonia de la Garza said that the doctor used “improper procedures” in administering spinal blocks, mainly on pregnant women.

According to reports, the doctor carried his own morphine from one private hospital to another, spreading a fungal infection that contaminated the medication at the first clinic.

De la Garza said that the morphine was in “multi-use” vials that would be used on more than one patient.

Police also detained officials from the health inspection service for failing to conduct their duties in reporting improper handling or storage of medicines.

 

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