Feeding drip suspected in German infants' deaths

22nd August 2010, Comments 0 comments

A bacteria-tainted feeding drip was suspected on Sunday as the cause of the death the day before of two infants at a university medical centre in the German city of Mainz, the facility said.

Five out nine other babies who received the same contaminated drip were in critical critical, the centre added in a statement on its website, adding that the drip was "perhaps at the origin" of the two fatalities.

"We are shocked by these events and we express our profound condolences to the parents and close relatives of the dead children," said Norbert Pfeiffer, the director of the facility.

Bacteria in the feeding drip were detected by the medical centre's microbiology section, which "controls every day the quality" of the products used to treat patients.

"The competent authorities have been informed and research into the chain of production for the exact cause" of the contamination is underway, Pfeiffer said.

© 2010 AFP

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