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Certain Tampons are Infected with a New Bacteria – Do We Have to Worry about Toxic Shock Syndrome Again?

by The Beasley Firm  |  November 15, 2011  |  

Kimberly-Clark has recalled certain Kotex Natural Balance Security Unscented Tampons that are infected with the bacteria Enterobacter sakazakii. The tampons were made with a raw material that is infected with Enterobacter sakazakii that can cause health problems such as vaginal infections, urinary tract infections (UTI’s), pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), life threatening infections, sepsis, or even death. In past years, tampons have been linked to toxic shock syndrome, a potentially fatal illness, due to the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes.

Enterobacter sakazakii is a gram negative bacterium linked historically to high infant mortality rates (40 – 80%) in infants due to infected powered infant formula’s. Earlier this year, Beasley Firm attorney, Max Kennerly, blogged about Enterobacter sakazakii meningitis and proving bacterial infection injuries through circumstantial evidence.

The recalled tampons include both the 18-count and 36-count packages of Kimberly-Clark Kotex Natural Balance Security Unscented Tampons Regular Absorbency. The recalled boxes of tampons were shipped to retail stores in between October 29, 2011 and November 2, 2001 to specific Walmart stores in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico and Texas. They were also shipped to specific Fry’s stores in Arizona and specific Smith stores in Utah and Arizona. The recalled product SKU numbers 15063 and 15068 are the last five digits of the product’s barcode and can be located on the bottom of the package.

Women should contact their doctor immediately if they have used the recalled Kotex tampons and are experiencing unusual vaginal discharge, burning with urination, abdominal pain, fever, chills, rash, headache, or vomiting. To date, it is unknown whether an Enterobacter sakazakii infection can lead to “toxic shock syndrome”, but it is well known that any patient that has an infection can develop sepsis or septic shock if the infection is not diagnosed and treated with the proper antibiotics.

Here at the Beasley Medical Malpractice Law Firm, we have full-time nurses and doctors on staff who are very experienced in diagnosing and treating infections. Our medical and legal teams are well aware that if there was a failure to diagnose and treat an infection right away, it could lead to sepsis, septic shock, organ failure, and even death. Our specialized medical negligence teams have been awarded some of the largest medical malpractice verdicts in Pennsylvania history on behalf of our injured clients. If you or a loved one has been injured due to an undiagnosed or untreated infection, please feel free to contact one of our nurses, doctors or Philadelphia failure to diagnose lawyers directly for a strictly confidential and free consultation.

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