Outbreak of meningitis in a Newborn Intensive Care Unit caused by a single Escherichia coli K1 serotype

Dennis L. Headings, James C. Overall

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Abstract

Three cases of meningitis that occurred during a nine-day period in a newborn intensive care unit were caused by a single E. coli serotype 07:K1:H-. A single organism outbreak was suspected when the three spinal fluid isolates all possessed the same two unusual bacteriologic and biochemical characteristics: nonmotile and ornithine negative. Culture surveillance identified eight infants colonized with the same strain of E. coli; three of these infants are described. Clusters of cases of E. coli meningitis in newborn intensive care units should be evaluated and managed as potential outbreaks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-102
Number of pages4
JournalThe Journal of pediatrics
Volume90
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1977

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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