Outbreak over at Norfolk General
An outbreak of CPE, an antibiotic resistant organism, at Norfolk General Hospital has been declared over.
“No new cases have been identified and visitor restrictions have been lifted on 4B,” said a media release issued by the hospital.
The outbreak was announced on Oct. 5 and a quarantine of Ward 4B was put in place.
“CPE” stands for “carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteria.”
Enterobacteria live harmlessly in the digestive tract of humans. The bacteria cause problems when they get into the bloodstream or the urinary tract. The bacteria can also cause pneumonia.
CPE is spread by unwashed hands or by contact with soiled surfaces and equipment. People with weakened immune systems are especially vulnerable to infection.
The hospital thanked visitors for their co-operation and staff on 4B for the implementation of outbreak control measures.
NGH said people who are feeling ill should avoid visiting the hospital. Also visitors are used to use the hand washing stations when entering or leaving the hospital or hospital nursing home.