A strong link has been found between the bacterium
Researchers from Manchester Royal Infirmary examined tissue samples taken from the stomach, windpipe and lung of 32 infants aged between two and 28 weeks who had died from SIDS. They extracted DNA from the tissue samples and looked for sequences of two genes (
Dr Jonathan Kerr reports in the November issue of
Dr Kerr recommended that parents and carers should avoid passing saliva to the mouths of babies to avoid transmission, "In practical terms this means good hand hygiene and that feeding bottles and pacifiers should not be sucked by carers before being given to babies."