oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Neonatal wards, milk and staphylococci

Volume 24, Issue 9-Supplement
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



The epidemiology of staphylococci in an African neonatal unit was studied with particular reference to nasal carriage and infection of breast milk. High carriage rates in both staff and mothers was noted and particular phage types dominated. Nurses were probably responsible for the introduction and maintenance of dominant types, but transmission to milk was rare. Untreated human milk is likely to be safe to give infants if taken within an hour or two of expression, but pasteurisation is recommended if it is .to be stored. Chlorhexidine/alcohol hand rinse is also recommended as a rapid disinfectant.

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