Clostridium difficile are bacteria that can cause an infection in the bowel which may result in diarrhoea. It is found in around one in fifty healthy adults, who carry the bug without it causing any problems. It mainly causes infection amongst patients who have received recent antibiotic therapy, especially the elderly.
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No patients are giving cause for concern as a direct result of either infection.
One of the two wards which were not admitting patients due to suspected viral gastroenteritis will resume admitting new patients later today.
Four of the patients being treated for Clostridium Difficile in a temporary cohort isolation facility at the Victoria Infirmary are now no longer showing symptoms. This means, therefore, that the temporary cohort isolation facility is no longer required. The two remaining patients with symptoms are being treated in isolation.