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Firefighter Adam DiSarro says recalling contaminated eye drops caused blindness in one eye

Naples, Florida firefighter is out of work for five months after using Ezricare artificial tears

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Florida firefighter Adam DeSarro says he lost one eye from contaminated eye drops and is suing the manufacturer as well as Amazon for selling the product because of “negligence,” per the report.

The Naples resident, who says he has been out of work for five months, spoke to CBS News about suddenly losing sight in his left eye just hours after using Ezricare artificial tears, Di Saro alleges.

“There was redness, there was a burning sensation, it was very itchy, and it was unusual,” DiSarro told CBS. “It just got progressively worse,” he said, “within a few hours I couldn’t even see.”

When the antibiotics given to DiSaro didn’t work, he said doctors feared he might have lost his eye.

“It was tough and is still tough because I’m still not at work—five months going,” said DiSarro, who still holds out hope that surgery can restore his sight.

PEOPLE has contacted DiSarro and EzriCare’s maker, Global Pharma Healthcare Private Limited, for comment.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has supported the contamination outbreak as the cause of several incidents, including three deaths.

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The CDC has warned against using EzriCare and Delsam Pharma artificial tears, which were recalled in February because of an outbreak of the drug-resistant bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa. On March 14, the CDC provided an update on its investigation.

According to their findings, 68 individuals in 16 states who used contaminated eye drops were infected with the bacteria. With three deaths, eight individuals have been left blind, and four additional individuals have required surgical removal of an eyeball.

The CDC identified cases in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, saying, “Recent epidemiological and laboratory evidence implicates these infections with the use of Ezricare artificial tears.” Let’s add.” South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.

Pseudomonas aeruginosa, the CDC explains, can cause infections of the blood, lungs (pneumonia), and other parts of the body after surgery.

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The agency said the CDC said they expect more cases to emerge because it takes time to test samples from patients to match the specific strain, which has never been discovered in the United States before this outbreak. Was. While cases of contamination are rare, the CDC reports that the bacteria caused an estimated 32,600 infections among hospitalized patients and an estimated 2,700 deaths in 2017.

According to the CDC, people with symptoms of an eye infection, which include blurred vision, increased sensitivity to light, redness in the eyes or eyelids, yellow, green or clear discharge from the eyes, or general eye pain or discomfort, should seek medical attention right away. Should seek medical attention. Care.

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For those potentially affected by contaminated eye drops, the CDC instructed:

For assistance, please contact your health department’s Office of Healthcare-Acquired Infections or email [email protected]”

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