Warning on rise in cases of hospital superbug
Hospitals have been told to conduct increased monitoring and infection control after a rise in the number of cases of superbug MSSA.
The Health Service Executive (HSE) said that the rate of MRSA bloodstream infection continued to fall, though the rate of decrease had slowed. But the national rate of MSSA bloodstream infections had increased.
"Hospitals should be closely monitoring all cases of Staph aureus bloodstream infection, and have programmes in place to prevent healthcare-associated infection."
The bug MSSA - often dubbed the "first cousin" of MRSA because they are caused by the same germ - is showing a worrying rise.
MRSA is resistant to a range of common antibiotics, but doctors treating someone with MSSA have a greater choice of drugs to work on the patient with.
Both can cause severe life-threatening infections and in serious cases the death rate is about twice as high with MRSA as it is with MSSA.