By Gillian Mohney, Feb 21, 2022

According to Dr. Kecia Gaither, double board certified in OB-GYN and maternal fetal medicine, and director of perinatal services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln in the Bronx, Cronobacter sakazakii bacteria are naturally found in the environment. “These germs can thrive in dry foods, such as infant formula,” she told Healthline. She noted that for most people, infection is mild. “However, for infants, infection with this pathogen can be deadly due to their undeveloped and weakened immune systems,” warned Gaither. “These germs can get into the bloodstream of a baby, causing an overwhelming bodily infection known as sepsis.”

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