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Heartlands Hospital baby unit reopens

8th January 2009

A neo-natal intensive care unit closed off after a baby died and seven others were affected by an outbreak of a deadly bug has reopened.

The victim, born prematurely at Heartlands Hospital, in Bordesley Green, almost two weeks ago, was one of two premature babies to become infected with the Serratia bacteria.

Staff at the hospital in Bordesley Green said the second baby infected was “doing very well” and will be able to go home in the next two to three weeks.

Six more babies, who tested positive for Serratia on their skin, also remain in an isolation unit as a precaution to prevent spreading.

A hospital spokeswoman said the outbreak has been “successfully controlled”.

Serratia can cause various infections, pneumonia and blood poisoning in people with a weakened immune system and is particularly dangerous to the under-developed lungs of infants.

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