More harmful bacteria found at Prince George's County Hospital NICU

Posted at 6:43 PM, Aug 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-17 18:43:25-04

Another sample has tested positive for a potentially deadly bacteria at Prince George's County Hospital, health officials said. 

The presence of the bacteria pseudomonas was discovered in at least one patient care area outside of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

The deadly bacteria was first found earlier in August in the water pipes after two newborns died in the NICU. An infectious disease expert is investigating whether the deaths are linked to pseudomonas. A number of babies were transferred out of the NICu as a precaution.

Meanwhile, hospital officials are working to identify where the bacteria came from by running continuous water sampling and testing. Crews were out Wednesday to disinfect the plumbing infrastructure for the entire hospital. 

Prince George's County is also working on a long-term solution to try to get a hospital wide water treatment in place. Hospital officials told patients to not avoid care because all other departments are fully staffed and available.

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