Tuesday 20 February 2018

Hospital patients treated for out-break of potentially fatal C. difficile superbug

The situation has since been monitored daily
The situation has since been monitored daily
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

Patients at a Galway hospital are being treated for an out-break of the potentially fatal C. difficile superbug.

The outbreak first came to light last week, when the Saolta hospital group, which oversees Portiuncula, confirmed there were a small number of cases of the superbug.

This resulted in visitor restrictions being put in place at the hospital.

A spokesperson for the Saolta group, said the affected patients had been isolated and all necessary precautions and infection control measures were put in place.

The situation has since been monitored daily by the Infection Control team in the hospital.

Today the group announced the restrictions were being scaled back. However, officials confirmed they were continuing to treat a number of infected patients.

A statement from the group said: "Visiting restrictions have been scaled back and now only apply to the affected patients. Infection control measures remain in place in and the situation continues to be monitored daily by the Infection Control team in the hospital."

In July a HIQA report found the hospital continued to have a regular but small number of C. diff cases.

The Clostridium difficile or C. diff infection causes diarrhoea, stomach cramps, fever, nausea and loss of appetite. In some circumstances patients may develop colitis, an inflammation of the bowel which can be fatal.

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