A patient has died and a surgeon remains in intensive care at the San Vicente de Paul hospital in Heredia, after being infected with the Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria.
The healthy 25-year-old woman died on Tuesday, April 10, after giving birth to a girl and suffering complications associated with the bacteria infection.
Hospital authorities reported the woman gave birth on Sunday, became ill on Monday and died Tuesday night after undergoing surgery. The surgeon who participated in the operation pricked his left hand during the procedure.
The director of Epidemiological Surveillance of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS), Xiomara Badilla, confirmed that it is an isolated case, the hospital closed 8 of its 12 operating rooms, scrub delivery rooms and suspended all elective surgeries, as part of the