Saturday, January 21, 2012

Belfast Royal Maternity Hospital's neonatal ward reports 4 More Babies Contracted the Deadly Bug

Another baby is being treated for an infection which has killed three newborns at a hospital in Belfast.

A bacteria called pseudomonas caused the deaths at the city's Royal Maternity Hospital.

Health officials in Northern Ireland said four other babies were found to have the infection in the neonatal unit.

One is currently undergoing treatment, two have been treated and have already recovered, while the fourth made a recovery from pseudomonas but subsequently died of unrelated causes.

The bacteria can cause infections in the chest, blood and urinary tract.

A spokeswoman said the baby still undergoing treatment was doing well.

Other vulnerable babies have been swabbed for signs of the infection, while a helpline has been set up for worried relatives.

As an investigation into the source of the infection continues, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust said it believed the situation was under control.

The neonatal room at the Royal is being emptied after the outbreak and will be deep-cleaned.
Meanwhile, officials have revealed that a different – and apparently unlinked - strain of the infection claimed the life of another baby in Altnagelvin hospital in Londonderry last month.
Stormont Health Minister Edwin Poots said urged people to "remain calm". Read More

Any worried relatives can call a special helpline on 02890 635389.