Invasive Cronobacter Infection in Infants

Reportable by Providers and laboratories

Infectious agent:  Cronobacter bacteria, most commonly Cronobacter

Description of illness: Symptoms in infants <12 months old usually include fever, poor feeding, excessive crying, low energy, or seizures. Invasive infections can result in sepsis, meningitis, or other serious illness requiring hospitalization. Cronobacter bacteria are found in the environment and can contaminate breast pumps, powdered infant formula, or other dry surfaces.