When the infection was discovered, the three babies were transferred to Uppsala University Hospital but their lives could not be saved. Another three babies that carried the multi-resistant bacteria in the Västerås hospital did not get ill.
At a press conference on Tuesday, representatives of Uppsala University Hospital said that the three pre-mature babies were ill already before they were infected by the bacteria, and that, in at least two of the cases, this was a strong contributing factor to their deaths. In the third death, however, this was not the case.
Earlier this year, a Stockholm hospital faced harsh criticism by the health authorities for having failed to prevent newborns from contracting such life-threatening bacteria.