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Singleton Hospital maternity unit restricted to full-term births as E.coli outbreak investigations continue

Statement from Dr. Bruce Ferguson, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board

Health officials are continuing to investigate an outbreak of E.Coli ESBL E.after it was confirmed two babies in the Swansea area had died after contracting the infection.

Baby Hope Evans, who was premature, died after contracting the infection in Singleton hospital. She was five-days-old.

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg (ABM) University Health Board, which runs Singleton Hospital, is investigating both cases of ESBL E.coli cross-infection in the hospital’s maternity/neonatal unit, supported by Public Health Wales.

Health chiefs at the hospital stressed that ESBL E.coli is not the same as E.coli O157 which causes food poisoning. In most people ESBL E.coli does not cause harm but in vulnerable individuals it can cause serious infections.

Three other cases of the infection have been reported.

Action has been taken by hospital chiefs to restrict use of the unit to full-term babies.

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