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Superbugs back on the agenda

With the current focus on addressing the threat posed by the swine flu pandemic, so-called superbugs have disappeared off the media radar. Then, last week, the Health Service Executive (HSE) announced that it had to close wards and cancel elective ad

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

@susmitchellsbp
7th November, 2009

With the current focus on addressing the threat posed by the swine flu pandemic, so-called superbugs have disappeared off the media radar. Then, last week, the Health Service Executive (HSE) announced that it had to close wards and cancel elective admissions at Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth.

The reason? An outbreak of Clostridium Difficile (C Diff).

So-called superbugs such as C Diff and MRSA can instil fear. The ‘biological invasion’ of...

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