Tests show child with Elizabethkingia has different strain

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 3, 2016 at 3:20 p.m.

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Children's Hospital of Wisconsin says lab tests show that a child diagnosed with Elizabethkingia (ee-LIZ'-ah-beth-KING'-ee-ah) is not connected to the strain that has caused an outbreak of the bloodstream infection in Wisconsin.

Children's spokesman Andrew Brodzeller says the genetic markers in the child's case are unique. Brodzeller says the hospital has effectively treated patients with Elizabethkingia with antibiotics, but would not comment specifically on the child's case.

The hospital said last week that a child in the neonatal intensive care unit was diagnosed with Elizabethkingia, but there was no indication the patient had a serious infection.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services said Tuesday there are now 60 confirmed adult cases of the bacteria, but that none of the confirmed cases associated with the outbreak are children.

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