Thursday, May 2, 2013

Three die after catching new C. diff strain in Scotland

Three patients in Scotland have died after catching a new strain of the Clostridium difficile (C.diff) bug.

All three were in the same health board area and two of the patients were in the same hospital.

Health Protection Scotland (HPS) said it had identified a novel C.diff strain, designated ribotype 332.

HPS said the deaths were the first reported cases in the UK and worldwide and that health officials had been put on alert.