• Sixteen newborn babies died – VJH report.
• Four of five cases of infant deaths occurred within two days after birth (range seven hours – two days) – Tufton committee report.
• Findings in keeping with Group B Streptococcus (GBS) – Tufton committee report.
• Committee said GBS transmission mode is from mother to infant, as opposed to being from health-care facility associated infection.
• The GBS status of the mothers delivering at VJH, especially mothers with premature labour, those with a history of recent vaginal discharge at least four weeks prior to delivery, and those with recent history of urinary tract infection was UNKNOWN – VJH report.
• All cases of early neonatal deaths list the primary source of transmission as from mother to child.
• The microbe can survive outside the body for up to seven days – VJH report
• Overcrowding in both the nursery and on the Labour Ward at VJH – VJH report
• Concerns raised about the impact of repeated vaginal examinations on the risk of transmission of GBS infection to the newborns – VJH report.
14. Both the VJH and Tufton Committee reports list identical cases where the infections and deaths occurred.