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J Hosp Infect. 1987 Sep;10(2):129-37.

Control of a Serratia marcescens outbreak in a maternity hospital.

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Department of Neonatology, Serlin Maternity Hospital, Tel-Aviv, Israel.


During the period between October 1984 and January 1985, an outbreak of Serratia marcescens took place in the Serlin Maternity Hospital in Tel-Aviv. Four major and six minor infections were noted in newborn and preterm infants. An additional group of 24 neonates were asymptomatic carriers of S. marcescens. Extensive control measures were undertaken, including closing the SCBU to further admissions and the opening of a new SCBU. Other measures included maintaining babies in cohort groups, strict handwashing, and use of gloves and gowns. There was also intensified encouragement of breast feeding and thorough cleansing and disinfection of the SCBU and nurseries. After 3 months, the outbreak was controlled. No identified source for the outbreak was detected. We feel that the extensive measures employed were responsible for controlling the outbreak within a relatively short time.

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