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Premature birth dies, bacterial infections are investigated



NEWARK, NJ – Health officials are studying bacterial infections in the neonatal intensive care unit at a New Jersey hospital after the death of a premature baby.

The state health department has found four cases of Acinetobacter baumannii at Newark University Hospital since October 1. The baby had the bacteria and was taken to another facility where the child died. The department says the exact cause of death is being investigated for compound medical conditions.

The department says it has identified major shortcomings in hospital injection control and has ordered a correction plan.

The bacteria may cause pneumonia or serious blood or wound infections

The cases are unrelated to the virus that has infected 1

9 patients and killed seven in a children's rehabilitation center in New Jersey.

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