Autopsies have shown that cot death babies frequently have bacterial and fungal infections in their throats and lungs. Why is this?

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Autopsies have shown that cot death babies frequently have bacterial and fungal infections in their throats and lungs. Why is this?

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The conditions in the baby’s bedding which favoured the growth of fungi generating toxic gases would also have favoured the growth of other micro-organisms, which the baby has then breathed in. Many of these other micro-organisms would be harmless, but they would still be noticeable at autopsy.

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