Warning over safety of faecal transplants

Patient dies after receiving transplant containing E. coli, FDA warns

The US Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning over the use of faecal transplant procedures after one patient died and another became infected with drug-resistant bacteria.

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Both patients were immunocompromised and developed invasive infections after receiving stool samples from the same donor containing extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing Escherichia coli.

The stool samples had not been screened for the organisms before being used in the faecal microbiota for transplantation.

The Food and Drug