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2. Is Meconium Sterile?

Microbiology research indicates meconium is not sterile, as previously thought. Samples contain bacterial communities developed enough to fall into two categories: enteric bacteria and lactic acid-producing bacteria. Generally, these bacteria are essential to physiological processes such as digestion. If they reach the lungs of an infant with MAS, however, they can interfere with the aspiration process and lead to health complications.

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