Three Infants Died at Geisinger’S NICU from Waterborne Infection

Three infants have died from an infection they contracted in the neonatal intensive care unit at Geisinger Medical Center near Danville. Officials at Geisinger confirm eight infants were recently treated for a pseudomonas bacterial infection. Three of the babies died. Geisinger physicians say pseudomonas is a common waterborne bacterium that is usually harmless, but because these infants do not have well developed immune systems, they were especially vulnerable. As for the other five infants, Geisinger officials say four were treated and are doing well. One is still getting treatment and responding positively. For the time being, Geisinger is diverting some patients to other hospitals. This includes women likely to deliver at less than 32 weeks and babies born at less than 32 weeks.