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Arkansas health officials were raising alarms Tuesday after two people returned from a Mexico hospital with infections caused by bacteria that is difficult to get rid of and can be fatal.

The state Department of Health said two Arkansans traveled for medical procedures at the Grand View Hospital in Tijuana, a hospital that has since closed after Mexican and American officials found poor infection control practices, including unsafe practices sterilizing surgery equipment.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that at least a dozen Americans returned from the hospital with infections since August.

Arkansas health officials said people who have traveled to the hospital should have a health screening. Those with symptoms associated with infections – such as fever, redness or swelling at the surgical incision site – should seek immediate medical attention, the agency said.

Drug-resistant bacteria is difficult to treat because it doesn’t respond to most antibiotics, which can be fatal if left unchecked, according to the CDC.

The CDC notes that thousands of Americans travel abroad for medical care, citing that procedures can be cheaper but also carry certain risks.

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Archived Comments

  • ArkyMark
    January 22, 2019 at 6:22 p.m.

    That Montezuma sure can hold a grudge

  • MaxCady
    January 22, 2019 at 7:29 p.m.

    Make-sick-o. Don't drink the water.

  • MaxCady
    January 22, 2019 at 9:49 p.m.

    Try to save a few dollars on plastic surgery and this is what happens.

  • Eyetrytoo
    January 22, 2019 at 11:51 p.m.

    "Arkansas health officials were raising alarms Tuesday after two people returned from a Mexico hospital with infections caused by bacteria that is difficult to get rid of and can be fatal" is what is stated in the AR DEM GAZ article above.

    Please do a google search on the statement in quotations here
    "Each year in the U.S., at least 2 million people get an antibiotic-resistant infection, and at least 23,000 people die. Fighting this threat is a public" If you search this phrase in quotes you will find this is a statement by the CDC about such infections right here in the US oftentimes these are infections given to patients in hospitals right here in the US.

    Do you think these Arkansas health officials are being fair and impartial in raising alarms about such occurrences in Mexico?

    There are certain risks involved in any serious medical care whether it is in the US, Mexico, or another country.

  • CarpeNoctis
    January 23, 2019 at 1:46 p.m.

    Agreed @eyetrytoo - every hospital in the country is a breeding place for staph infections. Remember that congressman who was shot in DC at softball practice? Even he acquired a staph infections. Bloomberg has some good article about Scalise, shooting, infections.
    .
    Bottom line - do not go to a hospital at all. Your chances are better if you just stay home.

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