Babies born prematurely are surviving in increasing numbers, but many withstand complications of early birth only to suffer late-onset sepsis — life-threatening bloodstream infections that strike after infants reach 72 hours of age. The causes of late-onset sepsis have not been clear. But now, researchers at the School of Medicine led by Phillip I. Tarr, MD, and Barbara B. Warner, MD, have discovered that preterm babies’ guts harbor infectious microbes that can cause this condition.
On March 28, renowned researchers from around the globe will gather in St. Louis to discuss maternal and child health and infections in animals that threaten humans. These topics will be highlighted at the second annual conference of the Washington University Center for Global Health and Infectious Disease.
The April 12 conference at the School of Medicine is open to faculty, students and the public, but advance online registration by April 1 is encouraged. Shown is Joseph Gondovo, a patient in Nigeria who receives treatment for lymphatic filariasis, a neglected tropical disease that can cause grotesquely swollen limbs.