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Health Officials Warn Contact Lens Wearers

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Montana State warns contact lens wearers to be on the lookout for a specific cleaning and storage solution that has been linked to a nationwide outbreak of a rare but serious eye infection.

Since January 2005, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have received reports of 138 cases of Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) in 35 states, including Montana. Many of the patients reported using Advanced Medical Optics (AMO) Complete MoisturePlus Multi-Purpose Solution in the month prior to symptom onset. The manufacturer recently issued an immediate recall of the product, which is used to clean and store soft contact lenses.

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"Montanans who wear soft contact lens should check their cupboards to see if they have any of this product on hand," said Janet Stetzer, supervisor of the Food and Consumer Safety Program of the Department of Public Health and Human Services. "This cleaning solution was distributed nationwide, and we want to make sure Montanans are aware of this risk."

Todd Damrow, state epidemiologist with DPHHS, said he is aware of two reported cases of AK in Montana since the outbreak began.

Stetzer said anyone who has the AMO lens solution should: