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PHA: Four Babies Stable, One Discharged

Another baby infected with the Acinetobater Baumannii has been discharged from the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH), while four others have been stabilised, health officials have announced.

The Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) released a press statement late Monday giving another update on the hospital outbreak.

“PMH can now report that the four babies affected in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) are off ventilators and are stable,” the release said. “One infant has been discharged.”

“There have been no new cases of Acinetobacter Baumanni infections since July. We have no confirmed deaths due to Acinetobacter Baumanni infection.”

The bacterial outbreak was declared on July 18, nine days before a press release was issued on July 27.

Eight premature babies on the PMH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) were infected with the waterborne illness.

One of them died on July 4 and the other on July 17.

Hospital officials added that the last time there was an outbreak of this particular bacterium at PMH was nearly 16 years ago.

One baby was discharged from hospital on August 1.

During the last Acinetobacter Baumannii outbreak in 1996, nine babies died.

“Intensive investigations and infection control practices under the direct supervision of Professor Stanley Read, consultant in Infectious Diseases at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto (Canada), continues throughout the hospital to prevent further infection,” the release added.

“There is also ongoing consultation with the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).”

Written by Jones Bahamas

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