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  • South Korea - Four newborns died of blood poisoning from bacterial infection (Citrobacter freundii)

    (LEAD) Four newborns died of blood poisoning: police

    2018/01/12 17:13

    SEOUL, Jan. 12 (Yonhap) -- The successive deaths of four newborns at a hospital's intensive care unit last month were caused by blood poisoning from a bacterial infection, police said Friday.

    Blood tests on the infants showed that all of them were infected with Citrobacter freundii, which can cause fatal symptoms in immunocompromised patients, including premature babies, the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said, quoting the final autopsy result from the National Forensic Service (NFS).
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    On Dec. 16, four premature babies died within a two-hour period while being treated at the hospital in western Seoul. Preliminary postmortems raised the possibility that they might have been infected by the same type of bacteria.

    The NFS said that injections of nutritional supplements for the babies were either originally contaminated or became contaminated while being opened and connected to intravenous tubes.
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    http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news...003651315.html
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