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Infant deaths blamed on lack of hygiene

January 30, 2012
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BELFAST, IRELAND — The regulator tasked with conducting external infection and hygiene inspections has never inspected the Neonatal Unit at Belfast’s Royal Jubilee Maternity hospital, according to the Belfast Telegraph.

It was discovered last week that three babies had died in the ward over a two-week period within the last month as a result of Pseudomonas bacterial infection, the article stated.

According to the article, Pseudomonas can cause breathing difficulties and tissue damage, and it is believed to take hold in areas such as sinks basins and water pipes with stagnant water.

The bacteria can live for several days on surfaces but can be eradicated by vigorous handwashing, the article noted.

The latest results show that none of the 24 babies who were patients at the Royal Jubilee Neonatal Unit at the time news of the outbreak broke last week have shown signs of an active infection, the article added.

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