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Fatal bug closes baby ward

14th February 2008

A hospital has closed its neo-natal unit temporarily to premature babies after an infant died and another suffered an infection.

One pre-term baby died in December after developing the airborne fungus aspergillus at Salford Royal Hospital in Greater Manchester and a second baby has now tested positive for the infection. The hospital says it closed the ward as a precaution to new admissions while it establishes ‚Äúcommon contributory factors.‚Ä? The aspergillus fungus is very common but is particularly dangerous to those with weakened immune systems.

 

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