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Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria under and electronic microscope in 2006. Photo: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

State and federal health agencies are investigating a tuberculosis outbreak among more than 100 people who had spinal surgeries this spring that involved the use of a bone repair product potentially contaminated by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the species of bacteria that causes the disease, according to the Washington Post.

Why it matters: Eight people who were given the malleable bone putty developed by Aziyo, a regenerative medicine company, died after their surgeries, though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are still determining the patients' deaths.

Aziyo's bone repair product, called FiberCel, contains processed human tissue sourced from cadavers.

  • The company announced on June 2 that it recalled a batch of the product that had been sourced from a single donor after it became aware of post-surgical infections in patients treated with putty from that specific lot.
  • Aziyo said it does not believe other batches of FiberCel were affected, though Medtronic, which distributes the product, suspended all new deliveries until the investigations are complete.

By the numbers: The CDC said the 154 containers of that batch had been sent to 37 facilities in 20 states between March 3 and April 2 and that 136 units were implanted into 113 patients, according to the Post.

Tuberculosis can affect any part of the body but usually attacks the lungs, though not everyone exposed to the bacteria becomes infected.

  • The CDC still recommended that all patients who received the bone repair products be treated for tuberculosis even if they are not showing symptoms.
  • Products like FiberCel are generally not tested for the bacteria that causes tuberculosis because infections of this kind rarely occur through bone grafts. The last known incident happened in 1953, according to the Post.

The big picture: A patient who developed tuberculosis after a spinal fusion operation on April 13 in which Aziyo's product was used sued the Delaware-based company this week.

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Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince earlier this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children were among up to 17 American Christian missionaries and their relatives kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, the New York Times first reported.

Details: The missionaries had just left an orphanage and were traveling by bus to the airport to "drop off some members" and were due to travel to another destination when the gang struck in Port-au-Prince, Haitian security officials said, per the NYT.

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Melbourne, "world's most locked-down city," to lift stay-at-home orders

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews during a news conference in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Melbourne's stay-at-home orders will end five days earlier than planned, officials in Australia's second-biggest city announced Sunday.

Why it matters: The capital of the state of Victoria has had six lockdowns totaling 262 days since March last year. That means Melbourne spent longer under lockdown than "any other city in the world" during the pandemic, Reuters notes.

Venezuela suspends talks with opposition after Maduro ally extradited to U.S.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, in June. Photo: Gaby Oraa/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A key ally of Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro was extradited from Cape Verde to the U.S. on Saturday to face money laundering charges in Florida, Bloomberg first reported.

Why it matters: Venezuela's government called off negotiations with opposition officials that were scheduled for Sunday in Mexico in response to the extradition of Alex Saab, a Colombian businessman and financial fixer for Maduro. Security forces placed six U.S. oil executives under house arrest hours later, per AP.