Oklahoma Baby Is Third Sickened By Rare Bacteria

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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December 28, 2011

Health officials say an Oklahoma baby is the third infant this month sickened by bacteria sometimes associated with tainted infant formula.

The child, from Tulsa County, was infected with Cronobacter
sakazakii but fully recovered. An Illinois child also rebounded
after being sickened by the bacteria. A Missouri infant who was 10
days old died.

The Missouri child's death was initially linked to Enfamil
powdered infant formula. Powdered formula has been suspected in
cases in years past. But health officials say the Oklahoma child
had not consumed Enfamil.

U.S. officials are awaiting results from testing of powdered
formula and distilled water used to prepare it. A Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention spokeswoman said it's not clear that
the three cases are connected.

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