The Latest: Coronavirus Outbreak Grows at Boston Hospital | World News

BOSTON — An outbreak of coronavirus infections at a major Boston hospital has grown to 19 confirmed cases.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital originally said it had identified 10 cases among staff and patients connected to two inpatient units.

A new hospital statement says 98 employees have been tested to date, and 11 of them tested positive. In addition, it says 50 patients have been tested, with eight positive.

An additional 445 people are in the process of being tested, and the hospital expects the number of positive cases to grow.

No other areas of the hospital have been affected.

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Boston Scientific, Farapulse Sign Deal for Treatment of AF

Boston Scientific Corporation BSX signed an investment agreement with an exclusive option to acquire Farapulse, Inc, a privately-held company developing a pulsed field ablation (“PFA”) system. The agreement has been signed to enhance the treatment of atrial fibrillation (“AF”) and other cardiac arrhythmias.

The Farapulse platform, which is an investigational device not available for sale, uses an ablation method based on pulsed electric fields (also known as irreversible electroporation) to regularize the electrical signals and prevent AF.

For investors’ note, Farapulse is pursuing regulatory approval in the United States and CE Mark approval in Europe. It has also received the FDA’s Breakthrough Designation for its endocardial ablation system in May 2019.

With the latest agreement, Boston Scientific aims to strengthen its position in the Electrophysiology business on a global scale. Notably, the Electrophysiology business is a component of the company’s broader Rhythm and Neuro arm.

Rationale Behind the Agreement

AF

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