Bahamas bacteria outbreak spreads

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Nassau Bahamas -

The health minister of the Bahamas says he has ordered an investigation into a bacteria outbreak at a local hospital following the death of two babies and amid reports of new cases.

Perry Gomez says four adults and one child in the general intensive care unit of Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau are carrying the bacteria.

About a month ago, the acinetobacter bamannii outbreak sickened eight babies in the neonatal intensive care unit, killing two.

Gomez announced in Parliament Thursday that the ministry will hire a physician to investigate the outbreak.

The hospital reported a similar outbreak in August 1996 that killed three infants and infected five others.

The bacteria enter the body through open wounds, breathing tubes and catheters and are highly resistant to antibiotics. - Sapa-AP

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