“We have had no new cases of infants becoming ill from pseudomonas in the NICU since making this change,” he said.
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According to The Washington Post, four of the sickened infants remain hospitalized – two of whom are still receiving treatment for the infection – and one has been discharged.
Hospital officials have been careful to note, however, the breast milk itself distributed to the affected infants is not to blame for the infections and remains the most nutritional option for newborns, especially those born prematurely, USA Today reported.
Meanwhile, Geisinger has been diverting very premature newborns and some expectant mothers to other facilities while it investigates the outbreak. The diversions are expected to continue until state health officials determine the hospital can resume normal operations, the newspaper reported.
At least two families whose babies died as a result of contracting the bacterial infections have retained an attorney and filed lawsuits against the hospital, the Post reported.
"A key aspect is to determine whether this was an ongoing problem there," attorney Matt Casey told the Post.