Deadly superbug prevalent in local hospitals

More than 100 cases of a deadly hospital superbug was found at facilities in the Shannonside region last year.

A new report from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre shows that in 2018, the number of people developing CPE, which can prove fatal if it enters a patient’s bloodstream, increased significantly.

Of 536 cases nationwide, 56 were reported at Galway University Hospital, with 31 discovered at Sligo University Hospital.

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A total of 18 cases of the infection were discovered at Cavan General Hospital, four at the Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore, two at Portiuncula University Hospital in Ballinasloe and two also in Mullingar.

No cases of the superbug were detected among patients at Roscommon University Hospital.

The CPE bug is naturally occurring in people’s gut but can prove fatal if it enters the blood stream, with more than half of people who develop the infection dying directly or indirectly as a result.