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Three babies infected with MSSA at Derry hospital

The infants are said to be stable today as the hospital undertakes infection prevention and control measures, including a deep clean.

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A HOSPITAL IN Derry has confirmed that three babies have been infected with MSSA since May.

Altnagelvin Hospital, which was at the centre of last year’s pseudomonas outbreak, says the affected infants are currently ‘stable’ in the neonatal intensive care unit.

The Western Health Trust’s medical director, Dr Anne Kilgallen told BBC News that the public should not be worried about the incidents, although she admitted that it is “unusual to have a cluster of three infections”.

A number of measures have been taken to control the situation, including a thorough deep clean and decontamination process.

MSSA is a bloodstream infection that occurs on the skin of babies and adults.

The Western Health and Social Care Trust said, “Early indications are that the same type of organism is involved in each case.”

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