From 2014 to 2017, more than one-fifth of healthcare-associated outbreak consultations undertaken by the CDC were for non-Legionella water-related investigations, according to results from a retrospective observational study.

“Water exposures in health care settings and during health care delivery” — such as when used with medical devices or as a component of drug or medication formulations — “can place patients at risk for infection with water-related organisms and can potentially lead to outbreaks,” Kiran M. Perkins, MD, MPH, team lead for outbreak and response at the CDC, and colleagues wrote.

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