Fatal Sepsis Associated with Bacterial Contamination of Platelets — Utah and California, August 2017

During August 2017, two separate clusters of platelet transfusion–associated bacterial sepsis were reported in Utah and California. In Utah, two patients died after platelet transfusions from the same donation. Clostridium perfringens isolates from one patient’s blood, the other patient’s platelet bag, and donor skin swabs were highly related by whole genome sequencing (WGS). <Read More>

Paul Blakely