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Del. officials monitor surgery center infections

Associated Press Modified: September 24, 2012 at 4:47 pm •  Published: September 24, 2012

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware public health officials are continuing to advise customers who underwent cosmetic procedures at Monarch Med Spa since Aug. 1 that they may have been exposed to an infectious and potentially lethal bacterium.

But officials said Monday that there are no known cases of Group A Streptococcus linked to the Monarch location in Greenville, Del.

Delaware officials say they are monitoring the situation and working closely with public health officials in Maryland and Pennsylvania, where Monarch Med Spa has other locations.

Maryland health officials closed a Monarch cosmetic surgery center in Timonium last week after three patients who had liposuction there developed severe infections, including one who subsequently died.