Wisconsin sees multiple reported toxic shock syndrome cases for first time in 12 years


Wisconsin is seeing an alarming rise in circumstances of poisonous shock syndrome. The final time a number of circumstances had been reported in a yr was 12 years in the past. 

Since July, the state has had 5 studies of poisonous shock syndrome, or TSS, with 4 circumstances related to tremendous absorbency tampon use by teenage women, in response to a state Division of Well being Providers press launch. No deaths have been reported. 

Dr. Ryan Westergaard, the state’s chief medical officer, stated DHS hasn’t discovered any particular tampon product liable for an elevated threat, however is investigating potential causes. 

“If you take a really uncommon phenomenon that occurs one or two instances in a yr in a state of 6 million folks, and also you see 4 circumstances in a six-month interval, that would simply be to likelihood — it is a coincidence, or there may very well be some underlying causes,” Westergaard stated at a Tuesday afternoon press briefing.

“Perhaps individuals are much less conscious of the dangers related to extended tampon use than they had been prior to now,” he continued. DHS advises towards utilizing a tampon for longer than four-six hours.

Westergaard stated he doesn’t assume the sufferers “did something unsuitable or did something dangerous by way of extended use of tampons.”

He additionally confused there’s no particular model of tampon related to the rise in circumstances.

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“We do not have data that any manufacturers are unsafe. And it has been well-recognized that tremendous absorbency tampons can have this threat, whatever the model,” Westergaard stated.

TSS is a uncommon however severe bacterial an infection. It is most intently related to tampon use in younger menstruating folks, however tampons alone don’t trigger TSS. Signs like sudden fever, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, muscle aches, low blood stress, seizures and complications, amongst others, can seem, in response to DHS.

DHS is encouraging Wisconsinites to talk with teenagers about “the correct use of tampons.” The state company can also be urging well being care suppliers to observe for early TSS signs in sufferers who use tampons. Suppliers should report circumstances to their native well being division, the company stated. 

Remedy for poisonous shock syndrome consists of the usage of antibiotics and supportive remedy to forestall dehydration and organ failure, in response to DHS.

Editor’s observe: This story has been up to date to mirror that it is the first time in 12 years that a number of circumstances of TSS have been reported.