Symptoms and Treatment of Cronobacter sakazakii
Cronobacter bacteria can cause severe, life-threatening infections (sepsis) or meningitis (an inflammation of the membranes that protect the brain and spine). Symptoms of sepsis and meningitis may include poor feeding, irritability, temperature changes, jaundice (yellow skin and whites of the eyes), grunting breaths and abnormal movements. Cronobacter infection may also cause bowel damage and may spread through the blood to other parts of the body.
According to the CDC:
“Cronobacter infections are treated with antibiotics. Infants suspected of having sepsis or meningitis should be hospitalized and given empiric antibiotics immediately. Once Cronobacter has been diagnosed, antimicrobial susceptibility testing should be performed because multidrug-resistant strains have been reported. This testing can help medical providers choose the best antibiotic.”
Cronobacter sakazakii Leads to Recall of Baby Formula Products
In February 2022, Abbott Nutrition agreed to recall powdered formula products Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare produced at its facility in Sturgis, Michigan. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), those products had been linked to at least five illnesses in infants: four babies who contracted Cronobacter sakazakii, a bacteria that can cause meningitis, and one who was exposed to Salmonella Newport.
Additional information can be found in the U.S. Centers For Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) notice: Cronobacter & Salmonella Illnesses Linked to Baby Infant Formula
Johnson//Becker, PLLC Attorney Appointed Co-Lead in Baby Formula Lawsuit
In a multidistrict litigation/class action lawsuit against Abbott Nutrition, Johnson//Becker attorney Stacy Hauer has been named co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs. The lawsuit is expected to include hundreds of plaintiffs across numerous states.
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