University Hospital Newark: Two Infant Deaths

There have been four confirmed cases of A. baumannii at University Hospital in Newark since October.

The New Jersey Department of Health learned late Monday that two premature infants with confirmed cases of Acinetobacter baumannii died last week in the neonatal intensive care unit at University Hospital in Newark.

Of these four confirmed cases, three of the infants have died. On Oct. 25, the health department reported that a premature infant who had been cared for at University Hospital and had the bacteria was transferred to another facility and passed away at the end of September, before the Department was notified of infections in the NICU. The fourth infant was discharged at the end of last month.

No new NICU infections have been confirmed since October.

According to the National Institutes of Health, A. baumannii is a bacterial pathogen primarily associated with hospital-acquired infections. Outbreaks of A. infections typically occur in intensive care units and health care settings housing very ill patients, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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