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Health Alert - Medical Tourism in Mexico

 

 January 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a level two travel alert to practice enhanced precautions when traveling to certain areas in Mexico. Pertinent information regarding the alert is below. The full travel notice can be found online at CDC Travel Alert: Multi-Drug Resistant Infections in Mexico.

 

Key Points:

  • Recently, some US residents returning from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, were diagnosed with infections caused by an antibiotic-resistant form of Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria.
  • All of the travelers with this particular infection had an invasive medical procedure performed in Tijuana. Most (but not all) of them had weight-loss surgery. About half of those infected had their surgery done at the Grand View Hospital.
  • Based on information provided by the CDC, the Mexican government has closed the Grand View Hospital until further notice.
  • CDC recommends that travelers to Tijuana, Mexico, not have surgery at the Grand View Hospital until the Mexican government can confirm that the drug-resistant form of Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria is no longer there.

 

What is the current situation?

CDC has received reports of serious drug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections in US residents who had invasive medical procedures (primarily weight-loss surgery) in Tijuana, Mexico. About half of those infected with these bacteria had surgery at Grand View Hospital, Tijuana. The others became infected after surgery at other hospitals and clinics. Infections caused by this particular drug-resistant Pseudomonas are rare in the United States and difficult to treat.

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Outbreak of E Coli associated Romaine Lettuce

 Warning:

If you have store-bought chopped romaine lettuce at home, including salads and salad mixes with chopped romaine, learn more before you eat it.

 

CDC Advice to Consumers - April 2018 and updated January 2019

  • Consumers anywhere in the United States who have store-bought chopped romaine lettuce at home, including salads and salad mixes containing chopped romaine lettuce, should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick. If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away.
  • Before purchasing romaine lettuce at a grocery store or eating it at a restaurant, consumers should confirm with the store or restaurant that it is not chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. If you cannot confirm the source of the romaine lettuce, do not buy it or eat it.


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