Five babies have died in an outbreak of klebsiella in a Durban hospital, a senior health official confirmed on Tuesday.
The KwaZulu Natal Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Health Ms Peggy Neliswa Nkonyeni today issued a statement allaying fears of Klebsiella outbreak at Durbans King Edward VIII Hospital. Earlier reports of Klebsiella outbreak reported on various media houses were a complete exaggeration and misinformation she said.
Contaminated intravenous equipment and poor infection control measures were found to be the source of an outbreak of klebsiella pneumoniae which killed 21 babies in a KwaZulu-Natal hospital.
The bacterium that causes dysentery uses a 'sword and shield' approach to attacks cells while protecting itself from the inflammation it triggers. The findings were published by Nicholas West and colleagues in Science this week.