Photo: Serratia Bacteria Kills Newborns Brazil
Health authorities in the Brazilian capital reported Tuesday the death of a baby in hospital, apparently from a bacteria suspected of causing the deaths of another five newborns in the past 12 days.
The deaths have taken place since March 28 at the Regional Hospital in the Brasilia suburb of Ceilandia, and doctors suspect that all were caused by the Serratia bacteria.
In every case the fatality was an infant just hours or days old, as occurred Tuesday with a child born last Sunday and who died in circumstances similar to the previous ones.
Another two babies are under observation out of concern that they might also have been infected from causes still not established.
Serratia is a bacillus that grows in liquids and on damp surfaces and that can cause illnesses ranging from conjunctivitis to serious liver and urinary-tract infections.
The Brasilia Health Secretariat said Tuesday that health experts have begun investigating Ceilandia Regional Hospital to check on its hygienic conditions and determine how the bacteria developed in those facilities.