West Virginia baby sickened after ingesting recalled formula

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has recorded its first case of an infant contracting salmonella by ingesting recalled powdered infant formula, health officials said.

The Department of Health and Human Resources did not disclose details about the baby’s illness in a news release on Thursday.

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned parents not to use three popular powdered infant formulas manufactured at an Abbott plant in Michigan that investigators recently linked to bacterial contamination.

The FDA said it was investigating four reports of infants who were hospitalized after consuming the formula, including one who died. The agency said one of those cases involved salmonella and three involved Cronobacter sakazakiim, a rare but dangerous germ that can cause blood infections and other serious complications.

Abbott said it is recalling all potentially affected products manufactured at the facility. The recall affects certain lots of Similac, Alimentum and EleCare with expiration dates of April 1, 2022, or later.

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