What is this deadly infection that’s killed 6 babies at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Belfast, Ireland?
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a common bacterium that can cause disease in animals, including humans. It is found in soil, water and on most surfaces. The symptoms of such infections are generalized inflammation and sepsis. If such colonizations occur in critical body organs, such as the lungs, the urinary tract, and kidneys, the results can be fatal especially in new born babies. Because this bacteria thrives on most surfaces, sometimes it can be found on medical equipment, causing cross-infections in hospitals and clinics.
New born babies are vulnerable due to their undeveloped immune system.
- Two babies are killed by E.coli (thesun.co.uk)
- An antibiotic effect minus resistance (eurekalert.org)