Infant critical after affected by Haemophilus influenzae, China

CHINA : A 25-day old baby girl is in critical condition after she was infected by
invasive Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), the Center for Health Protection said.
She has remained in Prince of Wales Hospital since birth. She presented with tachycardia and respiratory distress on December 5 and was admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit on the same day for further treatment.
The CHP said her cerebrospinal fluid sample tested positive for the Hib antigen upon laboratory testing by the hospital.
The center is investigating the case.
Invasive Hib infection commonly presents clinically as infection of membranes covering the brain (meningitis), often accompanied by bacteria entering the bloodstream. It may also affect other parts of the body such as the lungs, the upper part of the throat (epiglottis), joints and bones. Prompt antibiotic treatment is necessary.

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