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Children's ward shut

24th September 2007

Concerns over a dangerous bacterium have forced the closure of the intensive care unit of Glasgow’s hospital for sick children to new admissions.

The Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill closed the unit after five of the children were found with different strains of Pseudomonas, which is a common bug that can cause ear infections. Patients with suppressed immune systems and those on ventilators are particularly vulnerable to the infection. The bacterium was identified as part of the hospital’s screening programme.

 

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