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October 3, 1977

Human Milk Contaminated With Salmonella kottbusA Cause of Nosocomial Illness in Infants

JAMA. 1977;238(14):1533-1534. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280150103039

Human milk contaminated with Salmonella kottbus caused an outbreak of illness in seven of 22 infants in a neonatal intensive care unit. A case-control investigation failed to identify any risk factor except consumption of milk from a single donor, whose milk was subsequently found to be contaminated with S kottbus.

Collection of human milk from properly instructed donors screened for microbiological pathogens, refrigeration of this milk at 1 to 5 °C after collection, and controlled distribution by a milk bank should minimize the few hazards associated with its consumption.

(JAMA 238:1533-1534, 1977)