Recently, a batch of Dumex Mamil Gold infant milk formula was recalled by authorities because bacteria had been found in the milk. However, milk from the tainted batch was found to have already been used at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) and National University Hospital (NUH) according to the Ministry of Health (MOH).
In a statement by MOH, the ministry announced that infants below six months of age who were admitted to these hospitals between 1 August to 20 August might have been given the affected milk.
According to the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), a batch of Dumex Mami Gold infant milk formula was recalled after the Cronobacter sakazakii bacteria was found in samples of the product.
Cronobacter sakazakii bacteria can usually be found in environments that can survive dry conditions such as in dry food like powdered milk or infant formula.
The bacteria can cause Cronobacter infections. While these are generally rare, they can prove to be fatal to newborns because they can cause meningitis or sepsis.
Some symptoms of a Cronobacter infection are fever, crying, poor feeding or lethargy. Some infants may also develop seizures.
The infection however can be treated with antibiotics and does not spread from person to person. However, even adults and the elderly can fall ill from this infection. Especially people with weakened immune systems.
The ministry said in a statement:
MOH has advised all public and private paediatrics hospitals to cease the use of the implicated product, and to notify MOH of suspected cases. We are closely monitoring the situation.
The affected batch was made in Malaysia and has an expiry date of Sep 11, 2019. The batch number is 09117R1.
When the news broke, NUH said that it immediately removed the formula milk and started reviewing the records of the patients who might have been affected.
The hospitals are currently contacting parents of the infants with advice on what to do should they notice any symptoms or abnormalities.
That said, they have yet to receive any reports of patients experiencing any symptoms due to the tainted milk formula.
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