Washington Post reports that a Missouri baby named Avery Cornett, just 10 days old, died from a lethal bacteria infection possibly contracted from the powdered infant formula Enfamil. According to Washington Post:
Wal-Mart has pulled a batch of powdered infant formula from more than 3,000 of its stores nationwide after a newborn Missouri boy who was given the formula became gravely ill with a suspected bacterial infection and died after being taken off life support, the retailer said Wednesday.
No government recall had been ordered for the 12.5-ounce cans of Enfamil Newborn powder with the lot number ZP1K7G. Manufacturer Mead Johnson Nutrition said its records showed the lot tested negative for the bacterium before it was shipped.
But Wal-Mart spokeswoman Dianna Gee said the company decided to pull the lot “out of an abundance of caution” while health officials investigate Sunday’s death of 10-day-old Avery Cornett. The product could go back on shelves depending on the outcome of the investigation, but customers who bought the cans have the option of returning them for a refund or exchange, Gee said.
Enterobacter Sakazaki is a rare cause of invasive infection. It has a very high fatality rate (40-80%) in infants. Infections can result in bacteraemia, meningitis and necrotising enterocolitis. E. sakazakii infection has been associated with the use of powdered infant formula with some strains able to survive in a desiccated state for more than two years