Germs in clinic not responsible for baby's death in Freiburg
There is no connection between the current outbreak of germs in the newborn intensive care unit and the death of a baby in the children's heart intensive care unit of the Freiburg University Hospital. The hospital announced this now.
The connection has not been confirmed
After the death of a baby in the Children's Heart Intensive Care Unit at Freiburg University Hospital, a connection with the current outbreak of germs in the newborn intensive care unit was suspected. This has not been confirmed. According to a message from the dpa news agency, the clinic said that this had resulted in a genetic analysis of the Serratien germs in Groningen in the Netherlands. According to the information, there are different strains of the bacterium.
Babies infected with germs in clinic
The small child, who died at the end of October, had been in the neonatal intensive care unit for a month before the outbreak. Serratia was found in the baby. According to the hospital, it is not clear what role the intestinal germs played in the child's death. Several babies in the newborn intensive care unit had been infected with dangerous intestinal germs. Serratia was found in a total of eleven children. The two children infected with the germs are still doing well.
Pathogens are usually harmless
Serratia are gram-negative rod bacteria that belong to the family of enterobacteria. They mainly occur in the intestinal flora of humans and animals, but also in the environment such as in soil, water or in food. Serratia are usually harmless, but the pathogen can be dangerous in people with a weakened immune system and lead to, among other things, a urinary tract infection, pneumonia or sepsis (blood poisoning). (ad)