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Hospital-acquired infections kill two infants

March 20, 2009
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MIAMI — Details remain blurry regarding an incident where hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) claimed the lives of two infants in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care unit of the Miami Children''s Hospital, according to MMIX-TV.
Specimens of the bacteria have been sent to the Florida Department of Health in Tallahassee for testing, the story stated.
Dr. Vincent Conte of the Miami-Dade County Health Department said: "As far as elaborating on the type of bacteria that''s causing the infection, we prefer not to say at this point because again we''ve heard word of mouth but haven''t seen anything in writing."
It is not uncommon for infants to die because of an infection at a hospital; it is uncommon, however, for two infants to die at the same facility in consecutive days, the story noted.
Doctors are keeping a close watch on a third infant who was also affected by the infection but is still alive, the story added.
According to the story, the Health Department continues to back the nationally ranked Neo-Natal Intensive Care unit of the Miami Children''s Hospital, calling it "safe and reputable."
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