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POSTED July 13, 2012 9:36 p.m.


2 infants contract salmonella in Modesto

: MODESTO . (AP) — The California Department of Public Health is investigating after two babies contracted salmonella poisoning while at a Stanislaus County hospital, county officials said Wednesday.

The first infant salmonella case at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto was reported on April 19, and the second case on May 30, according to Stanislaus County Public Health Director John Walker.

State investigators determined that infant formula in the Neonatal Intensive Unit was not the source of the poisoning, Walker said.

Babies can get infected with salmonella through contaminated formula, breast milk or baby food, he said. Adults are primarily infected by eating contaminated food such as meat or raw eggs. Salmonella is contagious — it can be spread through direct contact.

First-time mom Sheila Vega of Modesto gave birth to her daughter Skylin six weeks prematurely in April, according to the Modesto Bee. The infant's stool tested positive for salmonella 10 days after her birth. The mother said she took pills for high blood pressure during pregnancy, so nurses at Doctors gave the newborn pre-mixed formula instead of her mother's breast milk.

The hospital followed all of its policies, and it appears to be an isolated event, associate administrator at Doctors Medical Center Carin Sarkis told the newspaper.

The hospital sent samples of the infant formula to the supplier, Sarkis said, and received a letter back saying they were not contaminated.

MODESTO POLICE CRITICALLY WOUND KNIFE-WIELDING MAN: MODESTO  (AP) — Authorities say a Modesto police officer shot and critically wounded a 68-year-old man who was armed with a knife.

Lt. Rick Armendariz says the man was shot by one of two officers who went to his central Modesto house at 2:30 p.m. Thursday to follow up on a felony investigation.

The man shot was reportedly in critical condition after undergoing surgery at a local hospital. His name has not been released.

Merced man gets 16 to life in wife's murder

 MERCED  (AP) — A Merced school bus driver convicted of killing his teacher wife has been sentenced to 16 years to life in prison.

A judge handed down the sentence against 43-year-old Rodolfo Romero on Thursday after Romero said he was "so sorry" when offered the chance to address the family of Diane Romero, his wife of 17 years.

The Merced Sun-Star reports ( that Diane Romero's family scoffed at the apology. The judge, Marc Garcia, called it "meaningless" and said the murder was "cowardly, selfish and evil."

Diane Romero was found September 2010 floating in the family swimming pool with multiple stab wounds. The couple had been having marital problems.

Rodolfo Romero pleaded no contest to second-degree murder charges in May. His attorney said Rodolfo Romero wanted to avoid putting the couple's children and his wife's family through a trial.



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