10 babies die after CRE outbreak at Tembisa Hospital
In a statement from the Gauteng Health Department on Monday, 17 cases of Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacterales (CRE) were reported during the period between 01 November to 31 December 2019.
JOHANNESBURG – Ten babies have died at Tembisa Hospital, in Ekurhuleni, after a pneumonia and meningitis-causing outbreak hit the hospital.
In a statement from the Gauteng Health Department on Monday morning, 17 cases of Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacterales (CRE) were reported between 1 November to 31 December 2019.
It was suspected that the organism responsible for this outbreak was Klebsiella pneumonia, which are bacteria that normally live in the intestines and faeces.
The department said several measures had been taken to prevent further infections in the neonatal unit, including the implementation of a quality improvement plan and the deployment of additional nurses.
CRE are a family of germs that are difficult to treat because they have high levels of resistance to antibiotics. They can cause deadly infections in the bloodstream, lungs and urinary tract, including pneumonia and meningitis.