In a follow-up on the Acinetobacter baumannii cases in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) of University Hospital in Newark, the New Jersey Department of Health reported on the deaths of two premature infants infected with the bacterium.
The infants contracted the infection six weeks ago and, due to other medical conditions related to being born premature, the bacterial infection may not be the cause of death. No new NICU infections have been confirmed since October.
Health officials first became aware of this bacterial infection on October 1, when two cases of A. baumannii were confirmed in the NICU. Two additional cases were confirmed in lab tests later in October. Of these four confirmed cases, three of the infants have died.