MUH is one of nine Irish hospitals hit by deadly superbug

MAYO University Hospital is one of nine Irish hospitals hit by an outbreak of a lethal superbug.

A confidential HSE report stated that recent outbreaks nationwide have been associated with a number of deaths.

Superbug CPE is resistant to most antibiotics and was first detected in Ireland in 2008, with the first outbreak occurring at University Hospital Limerick in 2014.

CPE are bacteria of the gut and it’s believed most carriers are older patients and those with chronic illnesses who have been excessively prescribed antibiotics.

The bug is spread from person to person via contact with faecal matter – and in cases where it enters the bloodstream, up to half of patients die.

The lethal superbug has been detected at eight Irish hospitals and one community hospital.

These are Mayo University Hospital, University Hospital Galway, Tallaght Hospital, University Hospital Waterford, St Luke’s Kilkenny, University Hospital Limerick, University Hospital Letterkenny, Navan hospital and Donegal Community Hospital.

A confidential HSE report leaked to the Irish Times states that emergency action is needed to contain the outbreaks and the annual cost of keeping the lethal superbug in check could be €40 million.

It further reveals that recent outbreaks in two hospitals and a community hospital have been associated with an unspecified number of deaths.

According to the internal document, the number of CPE cases has increased from five in 2012 to 327 last year.

It states that the HSE will ultimately end up paying for CPE one way or another – whether on prevention measures or fire-fighting outbreaks as they occur.