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Neonatal group B streptococcal disease associated with infected breast milk
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    Dear Editor:

    We read with interest the paper by Olver et al[1] describing triplets with group B streptococcal (GBS) infections acquired from breast milk. We have recently seen a case of GBS meningitis in a 34 week gestation infant and suspect that the source of infection was the maternal breast milk.

    At delivery there were no risk factors for sepsis. In particular, the baby was delivered by elective Caes...

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    Should we be proactive in reducing exposure of neonates to infected breast milk?
    • J McAloon, Consultant Paediatricians
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    Dear Editor

    Reports of microbial contamination of expressed unpasturised breast milk (EBM)[1-3] are not new but the paper from Olver et al[4] again highlights that this routine aspect of neonatal care has the potential to provide a source for bacterial infection in immature neonates.

    Culture or pasturisation of a mother's own non-banked milk is not however routine practice in neonatal units in the UK and may even b...

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