Looking for Melamine, Enterobacter sakazakii Bacteria Discovered in Sanlu Powdered Milk Formula
Source of Article: http://www.marlerblog.com/
if Sanlu does not have enough to worry about - A
pathogenic bacterium has been found in milk powder that was also contaminated
with melamine, according to a report in the Lanzhou Daily. The report
said that the Administration of Quality and Technology Supervision in
Enterobacter sakazakii is an uncommon, but often fatal, invasive pathogen that causes bloodstream and central nervous system infections. The gram-negative, non-spore-forming, rod-shaped bacterium is from the family Enterobacteriaceae – the same family that E. coli O157:H7 belongs to.
While E. sakazakii has caused disease in all age groups, it is likely that immunocompromised or medically debilitated infants are more susceptible to infections with E. sakazakii. One contributing factor in infant cases could be that the stomach of newborns, especially of premature babies, is less acidic than that of adults. Several outbreaks traced to contaminated infant formula have occurred in neonatal intensive care units worldwide.
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