Bloodstream infections in preemies may originate from their gut microbiomes

Dangerous bacterial bloodstream infections in preemies may originate from the infants’ gut microbiomes, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Such infections are of substantial concern, as about half of infants who are extremely preterm or have very low birth weights experience at least one episode of the life-threatening infection after 72 hours of life. The findings are published May 3 in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

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