Pi­geon poo linked to child’s hos­pi­tal death

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AN in­fec­tion linked to pi­geon drop­pings was a “con­tribut­ing fac­tor” in the death of a child at a Glas­gow hos­pi­tal, it has been con­firmed.

Scot­land’s health sec­re­tary Jeane Free­man or­dered a re­view of the de­sign of the Queen Eliz­a­beth Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal af­ter the deaths of two pa­tients.

The hos­pi­tal has put in­fec­tion con­trol mea­sures in place and of­fi­cials in­sist it is safe for pa­tients and vis­i­tors.

Two pa­tients who had died at the hos­pi­tal had con­tracted a cryp­to­coc­cal fun­gal in­fec­tion which is linked to pi­geon drop­pings.

Ms Free­man said one of the pa­tients was el­derly and had died from an un­re­lated cause, but that the bac­te­ria had been a “con­tribut­ing fac­tor” in the death of a child.

The likely source of the in­fec­tion has been traced to a 12th floor room.

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