Saturday, September 30, 2006

Trust confirms 49 superbug deaths

C difficile causes severe diarrhoeaAt least 49 people have died after catching a superbug at three hospitals in Leicester in the past eight months, an NHS trust has confirmed.
A spokesman for University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust said the coroner was investigating a further 29 cases.
The superbug Clostridium difficile (C-diff) is a common cause of diarrhoea although one in every 33 adults carries it without side-effects.
The trust has already set up a task force to fight the infection.
The trust said 28 patients had died after catching the superbug and in 21 other cases it was found that C Diff was present but another disease may have been the primary cause of death.

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