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Seven Deaths in California From Infections Tied to Black Tar Heroin

Nine people, aged 19 to 57, have been admitted to area hospitals with myonecrosis bacterial infections

THURSDAY, Dec. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Infections linked to injections of black tar heroin have killed seven people in San Diego County in the past two months, health officials said Wednesday.

Between Oct. 2 and Nov. 24, nine adults, aged 19 to 57 years, were admitted to area hospitals with “severe myonecrosis” bacterial infections after injecting the drug, according to a county health department statement, NBC News reported.

The health department does not know the source of the black tar heroin involved in these illnesses and fatalities.

Doctors and other medical professionals should watch for more cases of soft tissue infections, the health department advised, NBC News reported.

NBC News Article

County of San Diego Press Release

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