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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
October 8, 2014

Cronobacter Infections More Prevalent Than Expected

JAMA. 2014;312(14):1390. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.12460

A recent analysis shows that Cronobacter infections in the United States are higher than expected and disproportionately affect infants and elderly adults.

Cronobacter species, formerly known as Enterobacter sakazakii, are gram-negative bacteria thought primarily to cause serious infections in infants. Sepsis and meningitis generally result from Cronobacter infection in infants; some may have seizures. Estimated mortality rates in infants are as high as 80%. In adults, Cronobacter cause septicemia, pneumonia, osteomyelitis, wound infections, and splenic abscesses.