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Year : 1990  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 128-132

Salmonella Senftenberg Outbreak In The Neonatal Wards Of Nehru Hospital, Chandigarh

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An outbreak of Salmonella senfternberg started in premature nursery in October 1989 and spread to Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and children ward nursery in subsequent months. This epidemic lasted till June 1990. S. senftenberg was isolated from stool samples of 20, from blood of 3 and in 2 cases from both. In one case with positive blood culture, CSF was also positive for S. senftenberg and this baby died. A total of 29 strains were isolated from 26 cases. Out of 26 subjects 22 were neonates and 4 infants. Majority were premature or low birth weight babies. 23.1 per cent had features of septicaemia, and 76.9 percent gastrointestinal manifestations. Environmental study did not reveal any possible source or carrier. The epidemic reappeared after a gap of 4 months indicating the difficulty in its eradication.

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