A Chinese firm, Lingen Precision Medical Products in Shanghai, supplied contaminated COVID-19 test kits to the University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSM). UWSM obtained thousands of test kits and discovered on April 16 that some of the test kits were contaminated with Stenotrophomonas Maltophilia.
Stenotrophomonas Maltophilia is a bacterial infection; most common sites of infection are the lungs and blood. The Stenotrophomonas Maltophilia bacteria is found in body fluid such as blood, mucus, urine, or abdominal fluid, and in a hospital setting it can be found in irrigation solutions and intravenous (IV) fluids.
Interesting to note… Stenotrophomonas Maltophilia bacterial is resistant to many antibiotics, so treatment options may be very limited.
And the Stenotrophomonas Maltophilia infection symptoms are strikingly similar to COVID-19 symptoms. And yes, Stenotrophomonas Maltophilia bacterial infections can be fatal; at the very least it can damage lungs.
So my question are:
- Why did China send those contaminated test kits to the US?
- How many other test kits are contaminated that health organizations here in the US do not know about?
- Who here in the US got infected from contaminated kits?
- Is this another “shot” in the China/USA war?
- What comes next…and does it continue to escalate?
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