MILWAUKEE — Children's
Hospital of Wisconsin says one of its patients has been
diagnosed with the bloodstream infection Elizabethkingia (ee-LIZ'-ah-beth-KING'-ee-ah).
The child is in the
neonatal intensive care unit at Children's in metro
Milwaukee. The hospital says there's no indication the
child has a serious infection, but the case has been
forwarded to state health officials and the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention.
Children's says its
standard infection prevention protocols are in place
because Elizabethkingia is not transferred easily from
person to person.
The Wisconsin Department of
Health Services says there are 59 confirmed cases of the
bacteria with an additional 6 possible unconfirmed cases
in the state. There have been 18 deaths among individuals
found to have the infection and one additional unconfirmed