In 2022 alone, two infants died and five others are extremely ill caused by a deadly bacteria called Cronobacter sakazakii. It is found in contaminated infant formula sold in grocery stores.
For babies who are infected with this bacteria, up to 80% may die [JAMA Oct. 8, 2014].
Surprisingly, this deadly bacterium is not on the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) list of pathogens that should be reported by hospitals, health care providers and laboratories.
The lack of mandatory reporting of Cronobacter sakazakii (Cro·no·bac·ter sa·ka·za·kii) bacteria is slowing outbreak investigations and delaying the removal of contaminated food from grocery store shelves.
Lack of reporting also reduces the ability to uncover incidents, identify clusters of disease, investigate root causes of outbreaks, and properly treat sick babies medically.
STOP is currently appealing to the FDA, CDC, and Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists to add Cronobacter sakazakii on the national list of notifiable diseases.
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