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Friday 22 September 2017

Medics must be vigilant against bug

A THIRD baby's death at a maternity hospital is every parent's worst nightmare A bacteria called pseudomonas is suspected to have caused the deaths in Belfast's Royal Maternity Hospital.

The bacteria can cause infections in the chest, blood and urinary tract and can prove fatal to sick, tiny babies.

A neo-natal room at the hospital is being emptied and the area will undergo deep cleaning.

The infection can be treated with antibiotics, but the third baby died despite the treatment.

Hospitals need to maintain a high level of vigilance to guard against such bacteria.

Our record for combating hospital-acquired infections is not good.

The source of the infection in the Belfast deaths has yet to be traced and a major inquiry is under way.

Our hearts go out to the parents who have lost beloved children in this tragedy.

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