C. Difficile Outbreak Means Hospital Ward has to be Closed

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There has been an outbreak of the C. Difficile infection in Craigavon Area Hospital in County Armagh.

Apparently seven new cases of C. Diff have emerged in the last two weeks, The Southern Health Trust have said it is a higher number than expected.

Dr Patrick Loughran explained: ‘The ward is closed to further admissions and deep cleaning has been initiated.’

He said other measures to control the outbreak included screening people with diarrhoea at A& E.

The trust said the rise in C. Diff cases had coincided with an increase in patients admitted to hospital with the winter vomiting and diarrhoea bug, also known as the norovirus.

Dr Loughran added: ‘We are asking all visitors to follow the Trust’s visiting policy which includes no more than two visitors per bed, and cleaning their hands before and after visiting.’

‘We would urge the local community not to visit the hospital unless absolutely necessary.’

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