A nursery outbreak of Serratia marcescens infection. Evidence of a single source of contamination

Am J Dis Child. 1981 May;135(5):413-4. doi: 10.1001/archpedi.1981.02130290011005.


An outbreak of Serratia marcescens infection occurred in a special neonatal unit. The epidemic involved seven newborns, one of whom died. Contaminated hand-washing brushes were implicated in the epidemic; their removal resulted in a dramatic elimination of the infection.

MeSH terms

  • Bacterial Infections / transmission*
  • Cross Infection / transmission*
  • Disease Outbreaks / epidemiology*
  • Equipment and Supplies, Hospital
  • Greece
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Newborn, Diseases / transmission*
  • Nurseries, Hospital*
  • Serratia marcescens