New Mexico Department of Health Report on Enterobacter sakazakii Illness and Death
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As part of its investigation into a rare infection that can be associated
with infant formula, the New Mexico Department of Health is advising people
on the safest way to prepare formula. The Department of Health is
investigating two cases of Enterobacter sakazakii illness,
a rare cause of bloodstream and central nervous system infections, in a
female infant from
E. sakazakii can cause severe, invasive disease among infants and has been associated with powdered formula, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There have been about 120 cases recorded across the world in all age groups, but infants are at particular risk. Some proportion of powdered formulas that have been tested have contained E. sakazakii or other bacteria that can cause disease.
The Department of Health is working with the CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and New Mexico Environment Department to try to determine what caused the babies to develop the infection. The Department of Health has interviewed families and conducted environmental and food testing. The Department expects test results to be available in about a week.
Testing at the Department of Health’s Scientific Laboratory in
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