Bacterial infections due to Pseudomonas continue to cause deaths of newborn infants, children and adults.
In October, three infants died and five others became seriously ill from a Pseudomonas infection at the neonatal intensive care unit of a Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania. A New York Times article on the Pennsylvania hospital outbreak quoted the hospital’s Chief of Pediatrics on the potential dangers of Pseudomonas found in municipal tap water: “It’s often very harmless,” Dr. Frank A. Maffei said. “However, it can cause diseases, and it can cause diseases in very fragile patients. Certainly, premature and tiny babies are among our most fragile and vulnerable patients we care for here.”
Deaths of Children and Adults
A June 2019 online publication of the American Society of Microbiology included a study of children and adults. “People with cystic fibrosis are susceptible to lung infections from a variety of bacteria, a number of which also reside in the potable water system, including Pseudomonas aeruginosa,….” CF patients have compromised immune systems, thus making them at high risk for waterborne bacterial infections. Pseudomonas is a bacteria that can cause the lung infection pneumonia. Patients with CF are especially susceptible to pneumonia infections because the abnormal mucus and reduced water content in the airways promotes bacterial growth.
Those at Risk
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), patients hospitalized in Intensive Care (ICU), Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU), Burn Units, Labor and Delivery, Transplant Units and those undergoing undergoing invasive surgery or dialysis are at high risk for infection from waterborne bacteria such as Pseudomonas. In addition, the elderly and people with chronic diseases, such as diabetes and cystic fibrosis, are at greater risk from waterborne bacterial infections.
After water is treated by municipal facilities, it still contains potentially dangerous infectious bacteria, such as Pseudomonas.
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