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Acta Paediatr. 2001 Mar;90(3):356-8.

Enterobacter sakazakii infection in the newborn.

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Department of Neonatology, Hadassah University Hospital, Mount Scopus, PO Box 24035, Jerusalem 91240, Israel.


Enterobacter sakazakii, a Gram-negative bacillus, previously known as "yellow pigmented Enterobacter cloacae", is a rare cause of neonatal infection. We describe the detailed clinical presentation of two cases in whom E. sakazakii was isolated in our neonatal service during the course of 1 mo. These include one case of sepsis and meningitis complicated by cerebral infarction, and one case of sepsis. In addition, three cases of intestinal colonization were identified. The source of the organism was thoroughly sought and was found to be a blender in the milk kitchen that was used for preparation of the reconstituted powdered milk formula.


Our paper adds clinical and laboratory information about the disease spectrum caused by this relatively rare organism and emphasizes the importance of a thorough search for the source of the infection.

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