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5 more cases of eye fungus confirmed in Tennessee

May 10, 2006 | AP

Five more cases of a fungal eye infection have been confirmed in Tennessee, state health officials said Tuesday.

That increases the number of confirmed cases to 14, said Sophie Moery, spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Health.
Thirteen of the 14 wore contact lenses and 10 of those 13 used Bausch & Lomb Renu with MoistureLoc solution. The infection can cause temporary blindness.

Five of the contact lens wearers and the patient who didn't wear the lenses had to have corneal transplants, Moery said.

The confirmed cases were found in 13 cities across the state.

Bausch & Lomb halted U.S. shipments of the product last month. Bottles of the solution should be discarded.

State health officials said previously that anyone who had used the solution and was having eye problems should see a doctor.

Last Friday, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it had confirmed 102 cases and 56 involving contact-lens wearers, of which 32 said they used MoistureLoc.

A federal inspection of a Bausch & Lomb factory in Greenville, S.C., where MoistureLoc is made has not turned up evidence of contamination yet.

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