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Newborns suffer infections at Shanghai nursery

THE Jing'an District Center for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a postnatal nursing center where four newborn babies showed symptoms of viral infection.

Health officials said yesterday five babies at Baby Garden Nursing Center on Xikang Road had a fever and diarrhea between January 6 and 12. One baby was sent to Shanghai No.1 People's Hospital, while four were sent to Shanghai Children's Hospital.

The Jing'an CDC's director, surnamed He, said the babies sent to Shanghai Children's Hospital were diagnosed with a rotavirus, which can lead to inflammation of the intestine. Rotaviruses are the most common cause of severe diarrhea among infants and children, especially in autumn and winter.

A parent of a baby called the CDC to complain about the infection on Monday and Jing'an CDC officials investigated Baby Garden Nursing Center yesterday.

Officials said the event took place days ago and experts can't identify the cause of infection at present, while the CDC will closely follow the case.

Postnatal nursing is a new service in the city and has become popular among young couples with high requirements for postnatal care for the new mother and newborn.

However, there are no professional guidelines for the service and no special health license is required to open such a center.

Shanghai's health bureau and health supervision agency said postnatal nursing centers are not required to register at the health authorities.

Dr Liu Haifeng from Shanghai Children's Hospital said rotaviruses are most common in infants between six and 24 months old.


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