Out­break over at Nor­folk Gen­eral

The Delhi News-Record - - NEWS -

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.

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