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Published on 25 September 2007

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Child infections prompt closure of hospital’s ICU

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Strict control measures have been put in place at a UK hospital after several children contracted a serious infection.

The intensive care unit at Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children has been closed to new admissions after five youngsters were diagnosed as having Pseudomonas bacteria infection.

Officials said the children tested positive during a routine screening operation.

A spokeswoman for the hospital said procedures have been put in place to prevent any spread after the pathogen was discovered on Friday.

She added: “I can confirm that, as a precautionary measure, we are not admitting new patients to the unit.

“Five children have tested positive for several strains of Pseudomonas.

“We have given advice and assurance to the parents. None of the children are giving us cause for concern.”

There are several strains of the Pseudomonas bacterium.

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is associated with prolonged contact with contaminated water, and affects people who are already sick.

According to the UK’s Health Protection Agency, the bacteria can cause a range of infections, particularly among those with severe burns or cystic fibrosis.

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NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde



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