Bacteria that killed 3 infants traced to Pennsylvania hospital equipment

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Bacteria that killed 3 infants traced to Pennsylvania hospital equipment

A Pennsylvania hospital says a deadly infection that killed 3 infants has been traced back to equipment that was used to measure and administer donor breast milk.

A Pennsylvania hospital said Friday it has discovered the source of a waterborne germ that sickened at least eight premature infants, killing three.

Geisinger Medical Center in Danville said the process it was using to prepare donor breast milk led to the deadly outbreak in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.

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Bacteria that killed 3 infants traced to Pennsylvania hospital equipment

Geisinger Medical Center in Danville said the process it was using to prepare donor breast milk led to the deadly outbreak in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.

By The Associated Press

A Pennsylvania hospital said Friday it has discovered the source of a waterborne germ that sickened at least eight premature infants, killing three.

Geisinger Medical Center in Danville said the process it was using to prepare donor breast milk led to the deadly outbreak in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.

Infection control specialists used DNA testing to trace the Pseudomonas bacterium to equipment used to measure and administer donor breast milk. Geisinger said it has since switched to using single-use equipment. Hospital officials stressed the milk itself was not the source of the exposure.

 

Credit: Janice Haney Carr CDC

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