Babies in infection drama

TWO premature babies at Malaga Children’s Hospital have reportedly been affected by a bacterial infection.

These two babies weigh under 1.6 kilos, and a third, also underweight, shows no sign of having the infection but the germ has been found in his system.

The first two are in the Intensive Care Unit for newborns and the third is also receiving special care. All of them are isolated from other babies.

The bacteria, known as golden staph, is frequently found as part of the normal skin flora on the skin and nasal passages.

It can cause a range of skin infections, as well as life-threatening diseases such as pneumonia, meningitis, osteomyelitis, endocarditis, toxic shock syndrome, and sepsis.

This brings the total number of people suffering from an infection which they caught in the hospital up to 22, as 19 were already affected by an outbreak of the germ, klebsiella, which can cause pneumonia, urinary tract infections, septicemia, and soft tissue infections.

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