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What is Elizabethkingia and how do you get it?

An outbreak of infections caused by a bacterium called Elizabethkingia anophelis has killed 20 people in three states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It was first reported in Wisconsin, and has now spread to Illinois and Michigan. The bacteria is found in the soil but it is unusual to see it cause infections in humans, says Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist Dr. Pritish Tosh.

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What is Elizabethkingia and how do you get it?

An outbreak of infections caused by a bacterium called Elizabethkingia anophelis has killed 20 people in three states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It was first reported in Wisconsin, and has now spread to Illinois and Michigan. The bacteria is found in the soil but it is unusual to see it cause infections in humans, says Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist Dr. Pritish Tosh.
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What is Elizabethkingia and how do you get it? 01:38

What is Elizabethkingia and how do you get it?

What you should know about sun protection and using sun screen 03:03

What you should know about sun protection and using sun screen

Turlock firefighters rescue kittens after fire 01:30

Turlock firefighters rescue kittens after fire

Five-week-old kitten rescued from manhole 00:23

Five-week-old kitten rescued from manhole