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A pedestrian walks past the Royal Maternity Hospital in Belfast yesterday AP Photo Colm O'Reilly
Belfast

Deep clean under way at Belfast neo-natal ward

Four more babies were found to have the infection which is already believed to be responsible for the deaths of three infants at the unit.

A DEEP CLEAN is being carried out in the neo-natal ward in a Belfast maternity hospital where three babies died after an infection outbreak.

Four more babies have been found to have the infection, it was confirmed yesterday. Two have recovered, one is currently undergoing treatment, and one recovered but subsequently died of a separate cause.

The three babies died from infections caused by the bacteria pseudomonas in the unit at the Royal Maternity Hospital in Belfast.

The BBC reports that all other infants in the unit are now undergoing tests to see if they have the infection.

The Belfast Trust, which is responsible for running hospitals in the city, is investigating the cause of the outbreak of pseudomonas. The Trust  has set up a helpline for anyone who has concerns about the outbreak

Pseudomomas is a bacteria which thrives in water and moist conditions and can be passed on through touch. It can cause infections in the chest, blood and urine.The bacteria is particularly harmful to people who are already sick and have weakened immune systems.

Third baby dies at Belfast hospital after infection outbreak

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