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Scholars Day 2005, Wednesday, April 13

Enterobacter sakazakii Infections in Newborns

Enterobacter sakazakii, a Gram negative, rod-shaped bacterium, is relatively innocuous for healthy adults. In contrast, the organism has been responsible for outbreaks of meningitis, sepsis, and necrotizing enterocolitis in newborns in neonatal intensive care units. Powdered infant formula has been identified as the source of the organism in many of these outbreaks. E. sakazakii is now considered a potential emerging foodborne pathogen and is of interest to the WHO and the FDA. This session explores the organism and the diseases it causes.

Presenter: Tracey Householder (Faculty)
Topic: Biological Sciences
Location: 123 Hartwell
Time: 10:45 am (Session II)