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A dozen patients in three states were hospitalized with serious bacterial infections after receiving injections of umbilical cord blood that purportedly contained stem cells, according to federal and state health officials.

The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that it had issued a warning to San Diego-based Genetech Inc., the company that manufactured the treatment that contained E. coli and other dangerous bacteria.

The patients in Florida, Texas and Arizona became seriously ill after receiving injections and IV infusions of the product at orthopedic clinics, according to a report by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the FDA and the Florida Department of Health.

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