Newborn infants test positive for superbug

Newborn infants test positive for superbug

first_imgTwitter Email 44 newborn babies at Limerick maternity hospital tested positive for the MRSA ‘superbug’IT HAS been confirmed that 44 newborn babies at Limerick maternity hospital tested positive for the MRSA ‘superbug’ along with 45 mothers.The results refer to a seven-year period from 2011 to 2017 when there were up to 5,000 births each year.MRSA is a penicillin-resistant bacteria and data from the Limerick Hospital shows that the numbers peaked in 2016 when with 14 babies and 12 mothers testing positive for MRSA.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In a statement, the UHL hospitals group, of which the Ennis Road maternity is a part, pointed out that colonisation with the MRSA bacteria is not the same as infection and many people carry the bacteria on their skin without suffering any ill effects.The UL Hospitals Group stated: “the detection of MRSA while these patients were inpatients does not mean that these patients newly-acquired MRSA in the hospital. Many of these patients may have been carriers of MRSA for some time prior to detection. While this cannot be said of the neonates, many of them had mothers who were positive and who may have been the source of the acquisition.”UL Hospitals Group provides data on bloodstream infections for a range of bacteria including MRSA to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre. Surveillance is carried out on a quarterly basis.“Separately, hospital acquired Staph.aureus bacteraemia (including MRSA ) cases are reported to the HSE Business Intelligence Unit, on a monthly basis,” the statement concluded.More about health here. Previous articleNearly €40,000 allocated to combat illegal dumping in LimerickNext articleDramatic sign-off for new Ardscoil theatre Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Virtual Visiting at UL Hospitals During COVID-19 Facebook Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img WhatsApp Linkedin Advertisement TAGShealth protection surveillance centreMRSAnewborn babiesUHL hospitals group NewsHealthNewborn infants test positive for superbugBy Bernie English – February 15, 2018 1451 High Court award for Limerick boy’s care at birthlast_img

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