Environmental Isolate Case File: Pluralibacter gergoviae

Pluralibacter gergoviae can cause big headaches in cosmetic industry laboratories. It is an opportunistic pathogen that has repeatedly been isolated from personal care products. Most recently, this environmental isolate is the cause of a recall of involving flushable wipes. (6)

Never heard of the species? You may be familiar with its former name, Enterobacter gergoviae. The species received a new name based on multilocus sequence analysis. (3,9)

Pluralibacter gergoviae on Blood Agar

Description:

Pluralibacter gergoviae is a Gram-negative rod.  It is facultatively anaerobic and motile by peritrichous flagella.  Colonies are unpigmented, round and smooth on Tryptic Soy Agar. It grows optimally at 30°C. (3)

Environmental Sources:

The species has been isolated from soil, water, cosmetics, sewage, maize, grape bay, coffee beans, refrigerated packed fish paste, brown leaf spots on pear trees, and the insect guts of the fruit fly and the pink bollworm. (3,7,10)

Pathogenicity:  

Pluralibacter gergoviae has been recovered from the human respiratory tract, urinary tract and blood. (1) It was reported to be the cause of outbreaks of nosocomial bacteremias in Croatia neonatal intensive care units. (2) The species is often resistant to antibiotics, making treatment more difficult. (8)

Contaminant:

The strain has been isolated from several personal care products including exfoliating gel, eyeliner, foundation cream, shampoo, rose bath, shower gel, shea butter, conditioner, bubble bath and baby wipes. (8,10,11) Pluralibacter gergoviae has also been isolated from the floors of the washing area of an industrial plant. (5)

FDA Warning Letter:

The FDA issued a warning letter in 2016 to a manufacturer of shower gel, shampoo and conditioner after it found an excessive level of microorganisms in the products. One of the species recovered was Pluralibacter gergoviae (formerly E. gergoviae).  In the warning letter, the FDA said, “E. gergoviae are part of the normal intestinal flora and may be considered an opportunistic pathogen. Individuals with weakened immune systems, who suffer from a serious pre-existing condition, who have been treated surgically or belong to another sensitive group of persons are at particular risk of infection.” (4)

FDA criticized the company because:

  • It did not perform any microbial testing on any incoming raw materials or validate the suppliers’ quality testing through independent verification.
  • It did not maintain the equipment used to manufacture the products in a clean and orderly condition or sanitize it at appropriate times

The FDA recommended that the company implement quality controls and/or reconditioning processes to ensure the safety of the products it manufactures. It also recommended following the FDA Good Manufacturing Practice Guidelines/Inspection Checklist for Cosmetics. (4)

Resistance:

Pluralibacter gergoviae has an innate resistance to parabens such as methylparaben and propylparaben due to production of an Enzyme PrbA and an efflux mechanism. (12)

Family:

  • Phylum: Proteobacteria
  • Class: Gammaproteobacteria
  • Order: Enterobacteriales
  • Family: Enterobacteriaceae
  • Genus: Pluralibacter

Environmental Isolate Controls:

Cosmetic and personal care product manufacturers are increasingly seeking to incorporate environmental isolates, like Pluralibacter gergoviae, into their routine laboratory Quality Control (QC) processes to ensure product quality and meet regulatory standards. Microbiologics offers a comprehensive program for environmental isolate management. Our team of experts will identify, characterize, preserve and manufacture your strain into a test-ready control format for ongoing QC. Check out our Custom Solutions offering to learn more and get connected with our team of experts.

References:

(1) Abbott, S. L. Klebsiella, Enterobacter, Citrobacter, Serratia, Plesiomonas, and Other Enterobacteriaceae. Manual of Clinical Microbiology. 10th Volume 1. P. 639-657.

(2) Boban, N., Jeroničić, A., Puda-Polić, V. Outbreak of nosocomial bacteremia, caused by Enterobacter gergoviae and Enterobacter aerogenes, in the neonatal intensive care unit, case-control study. Sigma Vitae 2011; 6(1): 27-32.

(3) Brady, C., Cleenwerck, I., Venter, S., Coutinho, T., De Vos, P. Taxonomic evaluation of the genus Enterobacter based on multilocus sequence analysis (MLSA). Systematic and Applied Microbiology. 36 (2013) 309-319.

(4) FDA Warning Letters, 2016. Inspections, Compliance, Enforcement, and Criminal Investigations.

(5) Ferrarese, L. Paglia, R., Ghirardini, A. Bacterial resistance in cosmetics industrial plant: connected problems and their solution. (2003) Annals of Microbiology, 53 (4), 477-490.

(6) Kimberly Clark, Cottonelle, Product Recall. 10/27/2020.

(7) Kok-Gan Chana, Kok Keng Teeb, Wai-Fong Yina, Jia-Yi Tana. Complete Genome Sequence of Pluralibacter gergoviae FB2, an N-Acyl Homoserine Lactone-Degrading Strain Isolated from Packed Fish Paste. American Society for Microbiology. Genome Announcements. November/December 2014 2no. 6 e01276-14.

(8) Neza, E. Centini, M. Microbiologically Contaminated and Over-Preserved Cosmetic Products According Rapex 2008–2014. MDPI. Cosmetics 2016, 3, 3.

(9) Oren, A. and Garrity, G. List of new names and new combinations previously effectively, but not validly, published. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology (2013), 63, 3931–3934.

(10) Périamé, M., Pagés, J.M. Enterobacter gergoviae adaptation to preservatives commonly used in cosmetics industry. International journal of cosmetic science. May 2014.

(11) Sutton, S., Jimenez, L. A Review of Reported Recalls Involving Microbiological Control 2004-2011 with Emphasis on FDA Considerations of “Objectionable Organisms”. American Pharmaceutical Review. January 2012.

(12) Valkova, N., Lépine, F., Bollet, C., Dupont, M., Villemur, R. prbA, a Gene Coding for an Esterase Hydrolyzing Parabens in Enterobacter cloacae and Enterobacter gergoviae Strains. J. Bacteriol. 2002 Sep; 184(18); 5011-5017.

59 Comments

  1. Leigh Anderson

    I was using a face cream that was just recalled because of pluralibacter gergoviae. It caused a sever rash on my face. I have not been feeling well for a while now and wondering if it is due to this strain?

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  2. Kae

    I recently found out that a facewash I used for a few months was recalled for pluralibacteria gergorviae. I received the wash from a beauty counter consultant mid-year 2018 and I’m not sure how old her inventory was. The termination date of the recall was from 2017. Is it safe to buy a new bottle directly from the company if the recall had been terminated? The recall would only be terminated if the company removed all their contaminated products from their shelves, right?

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    1. mmMicrobiologics

      Hi Kae – That’s a bit scary! When it comes to recall information, we recommend contacting the manufacturer.

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  3. J

    I’ve been using a batch of recalled cottonelle wipes for months and months now, and recently was alerted of a recall due to this pathogen/bacteria. I have noticed in the past few weeks, after eating I tend to have loose stools… these past two days I have felt some twitching sensation in my abdomen.. also some tension headaches on the bottom right back of head.

    What can happen from this bacteria? Are my experiences above something that aligns with this stuff? Or is just coincidence? Only been going on this past week or so.

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    1. mmMicrobiologics

      Thank you for reaching out. Microbiologics is a supplier of biological reference materials (e.g. authenticated bacteria strains) for pharmaceutical and personal care product manufacturers to use in their routine laboratory quality control processes. We are not a diagnostic company or a healthcare provider, so unfortunately, we are not able to advise on the potential risks of exposure to Pluralibacter gergoviae or symptoms of an infection with this bacterium. We suggest contacting your healthcare provider with questions regarding this bacterium and the appropriate course of action for potential exposure. Stay well!

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    2. Charlene Weaver

      OMG. I have the same thing happening.

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    3. Have you gotten any better?

      Have you gotten any better?

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    4. Hunter

      If you have confirmed that you indeed used the wipes from the contaminated lot you need to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Especially since you are experiencing symptoms which are foreign to you. I have been suffering from symptoms for five months. These strain is hard to identify in bloodwork.. It is difficult to diagnose.

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    5. Shelley

      For those of whom are asking what can happen if you come into contact with the Pluralibacter gergoviae A, I just spent 9 days in the Hospital, due to this bacteria & it’s SCARY. This is probably TMI, but it’s important. I had prolapse surgery in August & I used Cottonelle before &. after my surgery. After perhaps 3 months of using the Cottonelle I got so sick, & at some point in time, the bacteria entered into my bloodstream.
      I’m 12 days out of the hospital, my body is STILL aching, muscles that feel like I have “Charlie Horses.” I had a temperature of 103.7, & one of the worst headaches I’ve ever had. I do have/very loose stools, plus I am bloated, & I do mean A LOT!
      I have never felt like I was going to die, then I did two weeks ago.
      NEVER did I think it would be so bad. To be honest, I just want to have my life back. I SO wish I could.
      Good Luck to all of you & stay safe.
      p.s. my middle name is “Aileen.”

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    6. Lori

      I have noticed an odor when using the cottonelle wipes. I also started having daily headaches and nausea with a low grade fever several times a day just after using the wipes. I checked the batch code and they are involved in the recall. They have a foul smell to them. When I stopped using them, my nausea and headache stopped.

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  4. marie alverson

    Cottonelle wipes just recalled; how serious is it if some of the wipes have been used before recall

    Reply
    1. mmMicrobiologics

      Thank you for reaching out. Microbiologics is a supplier of biological reference materials (e.g. authenticated bacteria strains) for pharmaceutical and personal care product manufacturers to use in their routine laboratory quality control processes. We are not a diagnostic company or a healthcare provider, so unfortunately, we are not able to advise on the potential risks of exposure to Pluralibacter gergoviae or symptoms of an infection with this bacterium. We suggest contacting your healthcare provider with questions regarding this bacterium and the appropriate course of action for potential exposure. Stay well!

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    2. Carla

      I have been using a lot of the cottonelle wipes .i have had two it’s in the last two weeks i am on antibiotics at this time for the 2one i just got .I’m not happy i have never had a bacterial infection before .i now know it’s from my wipes .

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  5. Rhonda Lynn

    I received the order of Cottonelle wipes from Amazon back in June, 2020. Beginning in July I began having intestinal symptoms. For example: bloating, bleeding in the stool,
    severe pain in the abdomen as well as fever & chills. I went through tests which I am now responsible for almost $4000 worth of medical bills. The results did not show any positive results,
    I am in my early 30’s who eat healthy & exercise on a regular basis.
    Yesterday I received an email from Amazon that there is a recall of the Kimberly Clark disposable wipes with a specific lot number due to a bacteria in their product. I have that lot number.
    Others, like myself, must be having those onset symptoms. Speak up!

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    1. mmMicrobiologics

      Thank you for reaching out. Microbiologics is a supplier of biological reference materials (e.g. authenticated bacteria strains) for pharmaceutical and personal care product manufacturers to use in their routine laboratory quality control processes. We are not a diagnostic company or a healthcare provider, so unfortunately, we are not able to advise on the potential risks of exposure to Pluralibacter gergoviae or symptoms of an infection with this bacterium. We suggest contacting your healthcare provider with questions regarding this bacterium and the appropriate course of action for potential exposure. Stay well!

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    2. Catherine Medal

      Oh my gosh! I have been having pain in my abdomen and my stomach and some diarrhea for 5 weeks. I even have had very bad headaches. I have gone to my primary care doctor and to my gastroenterologist but no answers. I had severe diarrhea yesterday. I will see her again tomorrow. Have I got something to tell her! I have constantly been using Cottonelle Wipes. It looks and feels like I have an infection. Good to know!!! Now maybe I can get well.

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    3. Cruz

      Me too I thought it was covid but rated negative

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    4. Amy Slone

      I have had some major issues regarding these wipes for months! I had no idea what was causing my issues until I received the recall letter! I was like…there’s my culprit. I have been to a couple doctors now, have been prescribed a couple meds which did not help. Now I have been referred to a GI doc for a scope on Tuesday!
      HORRIBLE!!!!

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      1. Gwen

        I am having the same issues have received multiple tests and undergone various diet changes, medications, etc. with no improvement. I also had used the contaminated wipes, however I wasn’t sure whether this type of bacteria could cause these symptoms. Has anyone gotten any answers as to whether this could possibly be the cause?

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    5. Clare Vick

      Hi there
      Myself and my daughter have been using these wipes and yesterday we BOTH had really bad bloating. Couldn’t fathom out why
      Both healthy no previous health issues
      Do you have any further information

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    6. Hulemenaye Tesfahun

      I swear that’s the same exact feeling I have. Bloating, intestinal pain, chills, headache, and unable to pee. Have you contacted the company yet? Because I just did and waiting on their response.

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  6. Eileen

    My Husband has been sick for several months and we can not figure out what it is and yesterday we received and email that something we bought was contaminated with this bacteria. How would we test for this, and what other issues can it cause?
    Thank you

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    1. mmMicrobiologics

      Thank you for reaching out. Microbiologics is a supplier of biological reference materials (e.g. authenticated bacteria strains) for pharmaceutical and personal care product manufacturers to use in their routine laboratory quality control processes. We are not a diagnostic company or a healthcare provider, so unfortunately, we are not able to advise on the potential risks of exposure to Pluralibacter gergoviae or symptoms of an infection with this bacterium. We suggest contacting your healthcare provider with questions regarding this bacterium and the appropriate course of action for potential exposure. Stay well!

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    2. Courtney Foster

      My daughter has had headaches and stomach issues for the past month. She has also had red eyes (she apparently used the wipes on her face too). Please let me know what tests your doctor performed. I just found out this morning that the wipes we have been using were part of the recall. And did anyone else notice a funny smell in their wipes?

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  7. Wayne

    Cottenelle just issued a recall of their Cottonelle FreshFeel Flushable Wet Wipes for Adults, 8 Flip-Top Packs, 42 Wipes per Pack (336 Wipes Total) that contain pluralibacter gergoviae.

    I received the notice 10/09/2020 from Amazon where I purchased them

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    1. mmMicrobiologics

      Thank you for reaching out. Microbiologics is a supplier of biological reference materials (e.g. authenticated bacteria strains) for pharmaceutical and personal care product manufacturers to use in their routine laboratory quality control processes. We are not a diagnostic company or a healthcare provider, so unfortunately, we are not able to advise on the potential risks of exposure to Pluralibacter gergoviae or symptoms of an infection with this bacterium. We suggest contacting your healthcare provider with questions regarding this bacterium and the appropriate course of action for potential exposure. Stay well!

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  8. Sally

    Hello. I just ran across your blog, as I was looking for more information about this specific pathogen. I just received an email informing me of the Cottonelle Flushable Wipes, recall.
    I have yet to find more information about this pathogen & would appreciate any information that you may have.
    My husband has stage 4 colon cancer & I’m quite worried.
    Thank you.

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    1. mmMicrobiologics

      Thank you for reaching out. Microbiologics is a supplier of biological reference materials (e.g. authenticated bacteria strains) for pharmaceutical and personal care product manufacturers to use in their routine laboratory quality control processes. We are not a diagnostic company or a healthcare provider, so unfortunately, we are not able to advise on the potential risks of exposure to Pluralibacter gergoviae or symptoms of an infection with this bacterium. We suggest contacting your healthcare provider with questions regarding this bacterium and the appropriate course of action for potential exposure. Stay well!

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  9. Leslie Cooper

    My 2 year daughter has been using the Cottonelle Flushable Wipes for about a year and a half and this past month she started complaining about it hurting when she goes pee and i just assumed it came from when she would take sips of our soda, but she barely ever drinks it and she drinks plenty of water. Also she has been starting to have an itching around the panty lining area of her pull-ups which I just thought it was coming from her pull-ups, but the pull-ups aren.t tight aroumd her inner thighs not enough to irritate her the way she is plus it’s red in the area.I would like to know if this is something I need to be concerned about due to the recall for Pluralibacter Gergoviae Bacterium in the Cottonelle Flushable Wipes? I am going to call my daughters doctor an take my letter with me about the recall, just to be safe and to make sure if it’s something i need to be concerned about and to make sure she does’nt have any future problems from long term use of the Wipes.Thank You for Your Time.

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    1. mmMicrobiologics

      Thank you for reaching out. Microbiologics is a supplier of biological reference materials (e.g. authenticated bacteria strains) for pharmaceutical and personal care product manufacturers to use in their routine laboratory quality control processes. We are not a diagnostic company or a healthcare provider, so unfortunately, we are not able to advise on the potential risks of exposure to Pluralibacter gergoviae or symptoms of an infection with this bacterium. We suggest contacting your healthcare provider with questions regarding this bacterium and the appropriate course of action for potential exposure. Stay well!

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    2. Hulemenaye

      Nope. It’s definitely the wipes. Because I was using it on my 3 year old daughter and was constantly crying every time she has to pee. The area was red and irritated. It took me a while to figure it out but once I stopped using it, her pain stopped too.

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  10. Erin

    I recently found out that the flushable wipes my family was using was recalled because of Pluralibacter gergoviae. My doctor had not heard of this specific thing and just prescribed me an antibiotic. I’m now on my second round and the symptoms are still prominent. What are the treatments?

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    1. mmMicrobiologics

      Thank you for reaching out. Microbiologics is a supplier of biological reference materials (e.g. authenticated bacteria strains) for pharmaceutical and personal care product manufacturers to use in their routine laboratory quality control processes. We are not a diagnostic company or a healthcare provider, so unfortunately, we are not able to advise on the potential risks of exposure to Pluralibacter gergoviae or symptoms of an infection with this bacterium. We suggest contacting your healthcare provider with questions regarding this bacterium and the appropriate course of action for potential exposure. Stay well!

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  11. Chris Carter

    Ours was Cottenelle disposable baby wipes 2/2029-10/2029.) But I cannot find a list of possible side effects.

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    1. mmMicrobiologics

      Thank you for reaching out. Microbiologics is a supplier of biological reference materials (e.g. authenticated bacteria strains) for pharmaceutical and personal care product manufacturers to use in their routine laboratory quality control processes. We are not a diagnostic company or a healthcare provider, so unfortunately, we are not able to advise on the potential risks of exposure to Pluralibacter gergoviae or symptoms of an infection with this bacterium. We suggest contacting your healthcare provider with questions regarding this bacterium and the appropriate course of action for potential exposure. Stay well!

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  12. Gabriel J Brillante

    Cottonelle recently recalled some of their wipes. We had a whole box of their suspected wipes and are discarding it. However, we may have used wipes previously which may have had this bacterium. What can it cause if wipes were used containing this bacterium? Thank you.

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    1. mmMicrobiologics

      Thank you for reaching out. Microbiologics is a supplier of biological reference materials (e.g. authenticated bacteria strains) for pharmaceutical and personal care product manufacturers to use in their routine laboratory quality control processes. We are not a diagnostic company or a healthcare provider, so unfortunately, we are not able to advise on the potential risks of exposure to Pluralibacter gergoviae or symptoms of an infection with this bacterium. We suggest contacting your healthcare provider with questions regarding this bacterium and the appropriate course of action for potential exposure. Stay well!

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  13. Gabriel Brillante

    Cottonelle recently recalled their wipes. We had a whole box of their suspected wipes and are discarding it, per their instructions. However, we may have used some wipes previously which may have had this bacterium. What can it cause if wipes were used containing this bacterium? Thank you.

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    1. mmMicrobiologics

      Thank you for reaching out. Microbiologics is a supplier of biological reference materials (e.g. authenticated bacteria strains) for pharmaceutical and personal care product manufacturers to use in their routine laboratory quality control processes. We are not a diagnostic company or a healthcare provider, so unfortunately, we are not able to advise on the potential risks of exposure to Pluralibacter gergoviae or symptoms of an infection with this bacterium. We suggest contacting your healthcare provider with questions regarding this bacterium and the appropriate course of action for potential exposure. Stay well!

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      1. Theresa LaPrairie

        Did the recall also include Kirkland Signature Flushable Wipes (contamination with Pluralibactor gergoviae) purchased at Costco this Spring/summer 2020? My 95 year old mom needed help cleaning her perineum after bowel movements. She suddenly became ill, profuse vomiting, unrelenting stomach pain, and horrible headache. Thank you.

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        1. mmMicrobiologics

          Hello Theresa,

          Thank you for reaching out. We recommend contacting the manufacturer for questions regarding a product recall or issues that may be related to their product use.

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        2. Alicia Sánchez

          somewhere was the alert or removal of the wipes posted?

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  14. Wayne

    I purchased the recalled cottonelle wipes in july of 20202. Previously I had blood work done (twice in a year) for life insurance. I also had bloodwork done b/c i am 63 and switched to a plant based diet so wanted to make sure all was well/ ALL of a sudden i have pain in my groan area, and my kidney function dropped to very low scary area per the blood work. Now I need a scan of my kidneys and stomach and my doc is very concerned. I was 100% healthy and now I am not. I didnt’ think about the recall until I got my last set of bloodwork done, I think I will let my doc know and the kidney specialist when I see him.. I think theres a company in for a law suit.

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  15. Barbara C Davis

    I was also contacted by a card in the mail that indicated I had purchased cartons of the contaminated recalled Cottonelle wipes from Costco. I use many of these wipes daily both on myself and my 16 year old Havanese service dog to clean her after she goes out because she sleeps with me and sits in my lap. She has had increasing deafness and decreased vision for over a year. But she had seizures, now being effectively treated with Keppra every 8 hours, decreased appetite, and mostbrecently a skin infection that has not responded to 4 two week courses of 3 infividual powerful antibiotics with “minimal”seizure risk. Now I realize I have apparently been reinfecting her with the Pluralibacter every time she comes in in an effort to keep her clean. She continues to have lesions on her sbdomen and retail/tail area. I have contacted her vet. I am 76 and in poor health with diabetes, three leaking heart valves “not clinically significant”, chronic pain and fatigue, varicose veins that worsened after attempts to treat them surgically a few years ago. I also have very severe small fiber neuropathy that nothing helps. Very recently I have suddenly had severe swelling, redness, and burning In my legs, feet, and genital area, although my diet is healthy and BP is mostly normal. Elevating my legs at night has reduced ghe swelling by morning but at the cost of developing soreness behind the bend of my left knee where I have gotten superficial vein clots in the past from sleeping with bent knee. I also have had vestibulitis, an inner ear condition in my left ear for a year and a half which caused loss of hearing in my left ear. Treatment with Prednisone injected into my inner ear and 3 months of balance therapy did nothing for the dizziness, exhaustion, and short term memory loss that resulted and I have been home bound unable to drive for a year and a half. I am much too dizzy and tired to be able to shower often and have been washing with facial cloths on my upper body and Cottonelle on my lower body including my feet and legs. They now appear reddened and burn constantly, as well as have the sudden onset swelling. I often can’t walk my dog but did walk her around our very dhort block a few days ago. I use a cane and wear a medical emergency device. Though the evening was relatively cool I felt totally exhausted before I could get home and was short of breath for the first time ever. I have reported this to my new gerontologist I saw for the first time a week ago and had cardiac enzymes added to the bloodwork to be done before my followup appointment. I also have IBS, and atrophy of my pancreas and have experienced some episodes of fairly severe abdominal pain. Color me not happy, but glad to have a promising new doctor.

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  16. Daneen Carvo

    I have been using the wipes predominately for my hands after I apply my foundation make-up. Since my purchase and use, I have not felt well at all. I always attribute that to having sinus issues, but this tiredness has been way beyond the typical sinus condition. I just can’t seem to shake it. I will go for days without using make-up so I don’t use the wipes. I will feel good for a short time and then I put on make-up and go out. The next several days I am back down again. If so many people are being effected health wise due to this issue, This sounds like a class action suit! You don’t have anything if you don’t have your health!

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  17. CeeCee

    I am curious why my commented wasn’t showing upI have been using the wipes predominately for my hands after I apply my foundation make-up. Since my purchase and use, I have not felt well at all. I always attribute that to having sinus issues, but this tiredness has been way beyond the typical sinus condition. I just can’t seem to shake it. I will go for days without using make-up so I don’t use the wipes. I will feel good for a short time and then I put on make-up and go out. The next several days I am back down again. If so many people are being effected health wise due to this issue, This sounds like a class action suit! You don’t have anything if you don’t have your health!

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    1. mmMicrobiologics

      Hello CeeCee,

      Sorry for the delay is publishing your comments. To avoid spambot comments, we have set up our blog with controls to review comments before they are published on our site. Microbiologics is a supplier of biological reference materials (e.g. authenticated bacteria strains) for pharmaceutical and personal care product manufacturers to use in their routine laboratory quality control processes. We are not a diagnostic company or a healthcare provider, so unfortunately, we are not able to advise on the potential risks of exposure to Pluralibacter gergoviae or symptoms of an infection with this bacterium. We suggest contacting your healthcare provider with questions regarding this bacterium and the appropriate course of action for potential exposure. Stay well!

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  19. Sarah

    Golomb & Honik, P.C. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is currently investigating the ongoing Cottonelle Flushable Wipes recall to determine if there are legal grounds to bring a lawsuit or a class action against Kimberly-Clark. We are hearing from people throughout the area who might have purchased the contaminated product or become sick due to using a contaminated product. The more people who reach out to our law firm, the stronger the case against the product manufacturer will be.

    Please call us at (215) 278-4449 if you need to talk to an attorney about a potential claim against Cottonelle. Please note: You do not need to have fallen ill due to using a Cottonelle product in order to file a lawsuit or join a consumer class action against Kimberly-Clark. Simply purchasing a contaminated product could be enough to start your case.

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  20. Tee

    Cottonelle wipes – I use them for everything! I started having eye issues sometime in April. It got so bad in August I went to the urgent care. Now multiple trips to the eye specialists who say my eyes are fine. It’s my eyelids. The soft tissue areas. No one has answers and no one can tell me how to treat this effectively. I am losing my mind. I was 100% healthy . I kept using the wipes for all those months continually reinfecting myself ( so any treatment we did do, we really have no idea if it worked or not ). Someone please tell me what antibiotics worked for you. I cannot live like this anymore.

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  21. Janina Anchundia

    Estimados

    buenas noches

    consulta como puedo determinar esa bacteria en el ambiente bajo que método.

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  22. Eileen

    I have had the same issues. Was diagnosed with IBS and gastritis.

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  23. Amber D Ackerson

    Thank you

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  24. Mamma33

    Hello,

    I have been expose to microorganism Pluralibacter gergoviae.

    Is there a way I can get tested to confirm.

    I’m have a CT scan scheduled because I’m
    Showing major scaring in my lung and it has developed to a 6cm tumor.

    All the symptoms I have and I’ve been on and out of UC, PCP, and ER.

    Reply
    1. mmMicrobiologics

      Thank you for reaching out. Microbiologics is a supplier of biological reference materials (e.g. authenticated bacteria strains) for pharmaceutical and personal care product manufacturers to use in their routine laboratory quality control processes. We are not a diagnostic company or a healthcare provider, so unfortunately, we are not able to advise on the diagnosis and/or potential risks of exposure to Pluralibacter gergoviae or symptoms of an infection with this bacterium. We suggest contacting your healthcare provider with questions regarding this bacterium and the appropriate course of action for potential exposure. Stay well!

      Reply
  25. Julie Farnes

    I would like to know what kind of test can be done as well. My husband and I have ‘an itch’ that was treated with an antibiotic and it still is present, only partially cured. This started in the summer with a bad odor, and stopped using the wipes when we learned of the recall in Oct. Husband is having a lung issue if this is also related. Knowing what type of test to have done would certainly help, Getting reimbursed from Cottenelle for what was purchased doesn’t make the systems go away.

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    1. mmMicrobiologics

      Hello Julie, Thank you for reaching out. Microbiologics is a supplier of biological reference materials (e.g. authenticated bacteria strains) for pharmaceutical and personal care product manufacturers to use in their routine laboratory quality control processes. We are not a diagnostic company or a healthcare provider, so unfortunately, we are not able to advise on the diagnosis and/or potential risks of exposure to Pluralibacter gergoviae or symptoms of an infection with this bacterium. We suggest contacting your healthcare provider with questions regarding this bacterium and the appropriate course of action for potential exposure. Stay well!

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  26. Janet kim

    I am curious to know…my husband and I used the cottenelle wipes. He developed a UTI, requiring two rounds of antibiotics and he suffered from an active GI bleed requiring a week in the hospital. He had a klebsiella infection but cottenelle stated it was a pluribacter contamination. I would like to know if there is any correlation between all of this and the use of contaminated wipes. He was previously healthy.

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    1. mmMicrobiologics

      Thank you for reaching out. Microbiologics is a supplier of biological reference materials (e.g. authenticated bacteria strains) for pharmaceutical and personal care product manufacturers to use in their routine laboratory quality control processes. We are not a diagnostic company or a healthcare provider, so unfortunately, we are not able to advise on the potential risks of exposure to Pluralibacter gergoviae or symptoms of an infection with this bacterium. We suggest contacting your healthcare provider with questions regarding this bacterium and the appropriate course of action for potential exposure. Stay well!

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