NEWARK, New Jersey (WABC) –
A premature baby died of a bacterial infection in a hospital in New Jersey, leading to the discovery of three other children who are said to be ill. After the baby 's death in late September, Acinetobacter baumannii found four in the neonatal intensive care unit at the University Hospital in Newark Cases of Acinetobacter baumannii after the premature infant died in late September
The infant had the bacteria and was taken to another facility where the child dies.
Health officials say the exact cause of death is being investigated because of medical composing conditions.
The department says it found significant infection control deficiencies in the hospital, and a plan has been ordered for correction. [1
"University Hospital takes the safety of patients, including infection control very seriously," said a spokesman for the University Hospital in a statement. "We have been in regular talks with the Ministry of Health and continue to work closely with them to address this issue as quickly as possible."
Acinetobacter baumannii bacteria may cause pneumonia or serious blood or wound infections
The cases are not related to the adenovirus outbreak that infects 19 patients and seven children at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, Passaic County, has killed
Dr. Mark Wade, director of the Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness, issued the following statement:
On Thursday, October 25, we were told that a premature baby who had been cared for at the University Hospital in Newark, an Acinetobacter bacteria Time of her death. Unfortunately, the infant had a host of other medical complications. Acinetobacter is a hospital-acquired infection with no transmission in the community. Rest assured that this does not pose a risk to the Newark community. Acinetobacter, the bacteria involved in the University Hospital, and adenovirus, the virus to which several children in the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation were exposed and died, are different and unrelated. The virus and bacteria spread differently, but both can have adverse consequences for immunocompromised patients.
We understand that the Department of Health of New Jersey is in contact with University Hospital officials and finds the cause of death. It is still an ongoing investigation.
We are concerned about the presence of Acinetobacter at the University Hospital. University Hospital officials have told us that they work closely with the NJ Department of Health to control Acinetobacter and use all available methods to control potential problems. The Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness will continue to monitor the situation carefully.
Our thoughts and prayers go to the family.
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