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Fatal outbreak traced to wooden tongue depressors

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 11 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1186

Two premature babies died and a third needed surgery to remove part of one arm after an outbreak of a rare fungal infection at a British hospital. A fourth baby survived the infection but died later of a complication related to the fact that it was born prematurely. The Public Health Laboratory Service (PHLS) reported the outbreak last week, although the incidents occurred between January and March this year. The PHLS warned doctors that the source of the infection had been traced to wooden tongue depressors used as …

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