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Oklahoma Baby is 3rd Sickened by Rare Bacteria

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMOX/AP) — Health officials say an Oklahoma baby is the third infant this month to fall ill from a bacteria sometimes associated with tainted infant formula.

The child, from Tulsa County, was infected with Cronobacter sakazakii but fully recovered. An Illinois child also rebounded after being sickened by the bacteria. Unfortunately a Lebanon, Missouri infant who was 10 days old died. The source of the bacteria hasn’t been determined, but it can be found in powdered infant formula.

Oklahoma Health officials says the child who became sick had not consume the same brand of formula the previous children had consumed. U.S. officials are awaiting results from testing of powdered formula and distilled water used to prepare it. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokeswoman said it’s not clear that the three cases are connected.

An Illinois-based formula maker linked to the previous illness and one death says after testing its Enfamil Premium Newborn infant formula no traces of the deadly bacteria was discovered. However National retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Walgreen Co., Kroger Co. and Safeway have since pulled a batch of the powdered infant formula from their shelves.

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