CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) is advising parents and caregivers to cease the use of certain Similac, Alimentum or EleCare powdered infant formulas, produced at Abbott Nutrition’s facility located in Sturgis, Michigan.
The FDA and CDC are investigating four complaints of infant illness related to these products. Complaints included three reports of Cronobacter sakazakii infections and one report of Salmonella Newport infection in infants. All infants were hospitalized, with one death.
The voluntary recall of powdered infant formula from Similac, Alimentum or EleCare includes the following product codes which can be found on the container:
• the first two digits are 22 through 37
• the code contains K8, SH or Z2
• the expiration date is APR 2022 or later
The bacteria can cause life-threatening infections such as sepsis or meningitis. Symptoms of sepsis and meningitis include poor feeding, irritability, temperature changes, jaundice, grunting breaths and abnormal movements. The infection can cause bowel damage and may spread through the blood to other parts of the body. Parents or caregivers noticing any of these symptoms in their children should seek immediate medical care.
Healthcare providers and health departments are encouraged to report any confirmed cases to the DHHR’s Office of Epidemiological and Preventive Services at (304) 558-5358, extension 2.