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UPDATE ON SALMONELLA CASES IN PRINCESS ROYAL MATERNITY

April 04, 2003 9:00 AM

North Glasgow Trust can confirm that no new cases of salmonella have been reported today in the Neonatal Unit of the Princess Royal Maternity.

The infant reported yesterday as having salmonella, but no symptoms, was able to go home last night.  The other two infants confirmed as having salmonella remain in the unit and are making a good recovery.

Tests are continuing today to establish the possible source of the salmonella bacteria.  Preliminary results of environmental samples taken in the unit do not indicate the presence of salmonella.

Dr Helene Irvine, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, says:

"We are continuing to take samples to try to identify how the salmonella bacteria entered the unit. We are keeping an open mind as to various possibilities, however, we recognise that it might, in fact, prove difficult to establish the source.

In the meantime, staff in Public Health Department are continuing to work with the hospital's infection control team and the staff in the unit to contain this small outbreak."

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