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Detection of rare bug in Essex

26th October 2007

About 40 patients have been recalled by a hospital in Essex after two cases of a rare bug were detected.

Mid Essex Hospitals Trust in Chelmsford wants to test the patients who attended the St Andrews burns centre for Panton-Valentine Leukocidin (PVL) staphylococcus aureus. Two patients with the bug, which attacks white blood cells, are said to be responding to treatment at home. Staff at the unit who may have been in contact with the patients from July 1 are also being called for testing.

 

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