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Greenville hospital investigation focuses on water

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Federal health officials are focusing on water as the possible source of bacteria that infected 15 patients at Greenville Memorial Hospital since March.

The Greenville News reported (http://grnol.co/1nwI7pk) that officials have said the infection may have contributed to the deaths of three patients.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the bacteria are found normally in soil and dust. Dr. Joe Perz says it's also found in water supplied.

Perz says any piece of equipment in the surgical environment that could have contact with water must be carefully reviewed.

Hospital officials initially thought a piece of equipment in one operating room was the source of the infection. That and other equipment were removed and the operating room was closed.

The hospital switched to sterile water in surgical procedures.

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