By Correne Martin
An outbreak of deadly bloodstream infections caused by bacteria called Elizabethkingia is under investigation in Wisconsin. Since Nov. 1, there have been 48 cases of Elizabethkingia anophelis infections, including 18 related deaths, according to the Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health.
Crawford County Public Health Director Gloria Wall confirmed that Crawford County and the surrounding counties have not seen any cases of the infections.
“It’s mostly over on the other side of the state,” she said, “and it’s mostly very ill people who are getting it.”
Affected counties include Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Jefferson, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sauk, Sheboygan, Washington and Waukesha, according to the Wisconsin DHS website (dhs.wisconsin.gov).