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September 26, 2021

Another death in hospitalized babies’ case. Authorities yet to establish the cause of the digestive infections

Another baby transferred from Arges County died on Monday morning at the ‘Marie Curie’ Hospital in Bucharest, because of severe digestive infection. The baby girl who died on Monday had been on life support since last week, hospital representatives confirmed. This is the second death after an 11-month-old baby died on February 4, also because of digestive infection. In that case, the doctors established that an e-coli infection was to blame.

Ten babies from Arges County are currently hospitalized at the ‘Marie Curie’ Hospital in Bucharest. Four of them are in a critical condition, two of them being on life support, according to hospital representatives. Of these four, one has been taken off dialysis, while the other three are still undergoing the procedure.

On Saturday, the Arges County Sanitary-Veterinary Directorate started to carry out controls at store chain in the county, after several of the babies’ parents stated that they gave them oranges. Nevertheless, lab tests have showed that the oranges that hospitalized babies consumed are not the source of the infection, as Agriculture Minister Achim Irimescu stated on Monday for Agerpres.

The minister said that all hypotheses have been verified through the techniques that the system currently has at its disposal and none of them was confirmed. Likewise, the minister said that other sources of infection or food poisoning are being currently verified, but gave no examples.

“These things happen and they are regrettable, but let’s be serious, what would we solve by creating panic and putting pressure on all doctors there? Do you think anything would be solved?” Health Minister Patriciu Achimas-Cadariu stated.
He added that the creation of a crisis cell at ministerial level is not called for, after the Social Democrats claimed that Romanian authorities seem overwhelmed and should ask for foreign help.

HealthMin Achimas-Cadariu: Latest report at Marie Curie hospital – infections with E.coli, viruses

Health Minister Patriciu Achimas-Cadariu said Monday at the Parliament that the latest reports on the children with hemolytic uremic syndrome show three cases of infection with E. coli and several cases of infection with various viruses.

“The latest report that I have shows three infections with Escherichia coli enteropathogens and several infections with various viruses. This does not link in any way the cases together. These are the data available so far; we are continuing the investigations; there are specialized people; I sincerely express my full compassion for the loss of the two families. (…),”the minister told the Parliament at the ‘Government’s Hour.’

He added that every effort was made to identify the problem, with no success up to one hour before his report.

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