Eye infection outbreak leads to contact lens cleaner recall ROCHESTER, N.Y. - A federal health analysis released Friday echoed assertions by Bausch & Lomb Inc. that an outbreak of severe fungal eye infections appears to be linked solely to its new-formula contact lens cleaner. The company's shares rose 3.6 percent.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the results of its case-control study indicate that some of the unique components in ReNu with MoistureLoc make the solution more susceptible to contamination by fusarium, a fungus known to cause blindness.
Use of other solutions in the ReNu product line, including the older and more widely used MultiPlus brand, did not show ''a significantly increased risk for disease,'' the Atlanta-based agency said.
The company acknowledged Monday when it permanently withdrew MoistureLoc from all markets around the world that the solution may increase the risk of Fusarium keratitis infections.
Cities looking to miles-long yard sale to boost tourism KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Hoping to generate the same attention as larger miles-long yard sales, local organizers with the U.S. Route 11 Antique Alley will be using the weekend event to boost tourism.
The 502-mile, three-day sale brings an estimated 3,500 visitors to Sullivan and Hawkins counties in northeastern Tennessee and nearly 30,000 overall.
The route begins - or ends, depending where you start - in Bristol, Va., and winds through eastern Tennessee, hitting Knoxville, Chattanooga and Cleveland, before crossing the border into Alabama.
The sale, which starts Friday and continues through Sunday, slices through Alabama from the northeast corner to Tuscaloosa before ending in Meridian, Miss.
Antique Alley gets its name from its high number of antique dealers and enthusiasts.
- From wire reports