Rare Bacteria May Have Killed Researcher

SAN FRANCISCO — Health officials are investigating the death of a 25-year-old Veteran’s Affairs researcher who worked at an infectious diseases lab.

The man died over the weekend after asking friends to take him to a hospital, The Associated Press reports. He had been handling a rare strain of bacteria linked to bloodstream infections at the VA Hospital’s Northern California Institute for Research and Education.

The San Francisco Department of Public Health is trying to locate everyone who had close contact with the researcher while he was infected.

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