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Fatal streptococcus outbreak closes ward

25th August 2010

A ward at a Glasgow hospital has been closed following a Group A streptococcal bacterial outbreak that claimed the life of an elderly patient.

The 86-year-old woman, who had serious underlying health conditions, died in the ward at Drumchapel Hospital. Officials isolated the ward due to the “higher than anticipated” incidences of the bacterial infection. Six other patients and one member of staff are currently displaying mild symptoms and are responding well to treatment, an NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde spokesman said.

 

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