In Cheverly, Maryland, bacteria pseudomonas have been found in a waterpipe. Two infants have died in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Prince George’s Hospital Center in Maryland is clearing babies from its neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) after three babies tested positive for a bacteria that can cause a potentially deadly infection.
Two babies recently died in the NICU, a hospital spokeswoman said. It is not yet clear if there is a connection between the bacteria and the two deaths.
Hospital officials say three infants tested positive for the bacteria pseudomonas but were found to be “clinically asymptomatic for any active infection with the bacterium.”
A total of nine infants are being moved to other hospitals.
“While the investigation into the positive bacterium cultures is ongoing by qualified experts, our top immediate priority is the safe and efficient transfer of patients and providing support to our NICU families and staff,” the Cheverly, Maryland, hospital said in a statement.
via NBC Washington
Serious Pseudomonas infections usually occur in people in the hospital and/or with weakened immune systems. Infections of the blood, pneumonia, and infections following surgery can lead to severe illness and death in these people.
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