Pre-filled syringes manufactured by Sierra Pre-Filled have been recalled after being contaminated with Serratia marcescens. The recalled syringes had sicked approximately 40 people in two states. It is not known if the contaminated item was the syringe or the Heparin contained in them.
Syringes from that batch also were sent to Colorado, Florida and Pennsylvania but infections so far have turned up only in Illinois and Texas, said Dr. Arjun Srinivasan of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The infections can cause fever and chills. They can be serious but generally respond well to antibiotics.
The lot number on the recalled items is 070926H. If you believe that you have the affected pre-filled syringe you should contact your doctor or local health department for more information.