NEWARK, New Jersey (WABC) – An early baby died of a bacterial infection at a New Jersey hospital, which led…
NEWARK, New Jersey (WABC) –
An early baby died of a bacterial infection at a New Jersey hospital, which led to the discovery of three other children who are said to be ill.
State Department Health has found four cases of Acinetobacter baumannii in neonatal intensive care at the University Hospital in Newark since October 1 after the child’s preemie killed in late September.
The infant had the bacteria and was transferred to another plant where children died.
Health professionals say that the exact cause of death is under investigation due to compound medical conditions.
The department says it has detected major deficiencies in the infection control at the hospital and a correction plan has been ordered. [1
9659003] Two departmental groups have carefully monitored the situation, ensuring that protocols for infection control are followed and traces cases of infection.
“University Hospital takes patient safety, including infection control, very seriously,” said a spokesman at the University Hospital in a statement. “We have been in regular communication with the Ministry of Health and continue to work close to them to solve the problem as quickly as possible.”
Acinetobacter baumannii bacteria can cause pneumonia or severe blood or wound infections.
cases are not related to adenovirus outbreaks that have infected 19 patients and killed seven children at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, Passaic County.
Dr. Mark Wade, Head of the Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness, released the following statement:
On Thursday, October 25, it was noted that an early child who had been treated at University Hospital in Newark had an Acinetobacter bacteria at the time of their death. Unfortunately, the infant had a lot of other compound medical conditions. Acinetobacter is a hospitalized infection without community transfer. Make sure this does not pose a risk to the Newark community. Acinetobacter, the involved bacteria at the University Hospital and Adenovirus, the virus that several children were exposed to and died at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, are different and not related. The virus and bacteria spread differently, but both can have negative results in patients with weakened immune systems.
We understand that the New Jersey Health Department has communicated with the University Hospital officials and determines the cause of death. There is still an ongoing investigation.
We are concerned about the presence of Acinetobacter at the University Hospital. University Hospital officials have told them to work near the NJ Health Department to control Acinetobacter and use all available methods to check any problems that may arise. Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness continues to closely monitor the situation.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
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