(UNDATED) - The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating cases in seven states, including Louisiana, of dozens of patients getting sick after being treated with an intravenous saline solution.
Federal officials issued a safety alert for Wallcur's simulated intravenous (IV) saline products after one person died and more than 40 others fell ill, some hospitalized, after receiving the injection. It is unknown if the death is directly related to the product.
It is unknown how many cases were reported in Louisiana. The alert states the products are not sterile and should not be injected in humans or animals.
Florida, Georgia, Idaho, North Carolina, New York and Colorado are the other states that reported adverse reactions. Officials said patients have suffered fever, chills, tremors and headaches.