Possible link between bacteria and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

September 11, 2008 2:02:26 PM PDT
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is blamed for hundreds of deaths every year, and those deaths are never fully explained.Now a study in the Archives of Disease in Childhood finds samples from babies who had died for no apparent reason often carried potentially harmful bacteria.

Some experts believe toxins produced by these bacteria could trigger a chemical storm which overwhelms the baby, resulting in sudden death.

Researchers say they found infectious organisms such as staphylococcus aureus and e coli, but how deaths involving these organisms can be prevented is not known at the present time.


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