Hospitals tell 5,000 patients they were exposed to superbug

An estimated 5,000 former patients will receive letters telling them that they were identified as ‘contacts’ of patients who were colonised by an antibiotic-resistant superbug called CPE

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
26th August, 2018
433 people 'colonised' by CPE last year

Hospitals are to begin informing thousands of their former inpatients that they were exposed to a dangerous and difficult-to-treat superbug.

An estimated 5,000 former patients will receive letters telling them that they were identified as ‘contacts’ of patients who were colonised by an antibiotic-resistant superbug called CPE. The bug causes no issues for patients once it stays in the gut, but can be dangerous if it spreads elsewhere and enters the bloodstream. While most of...

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