April 28, 2016
Elizabethkingia detected in Wisconsin infant
Elizabethkingia has been found in a baby being treated in the neonatal intensive care unit at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, according to a report from Milwaukee NBC affiliate TMJ4. NICU staff were alerted of the infection by email on Tuesday. The email, as reported by TMJ4, stated there is no indication of a serious infection. The hospital is working with the CDC and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to determine whether testing of other NCIU employees or patients will be necessary. Both organizations have samples of the organism for further testing. Information on whether or not this is the same strain responsible for the possible 65 Wisconsin infections and potential 19 associated deaths in the state is not currently available.