Superbug outbreak at UHL

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UL Hospitals Group has confirmed that it’s currently managing an outbreak of superbug CPE, and that strict visitor restrictions are in place at University Hospital Limerick.

Of all the superbugs, CPE is the most difficult to kill with antibiotics.

Strict visitor restrictions remain in place at University Hospital Limerick with significant volumes of patients requiring isolation.

A representative for the Dooradoyle Hospital, which serves patients in North Tipp, says the measures are necessary in the interests of patient care.

It’s due to an outbreak of the superbug CPL – of which there have been 21 new positive cases detected since June linked to this current outbreak.

CPE are a group of antibiotic resistant bacteria that are becoming more common all over the world, especially in hospitals.

There are currently three CPE-positive inpatients at University Hospital Limerick and all necessary infection prevention and control measures are in place to manage the outbreak.

Only one visitor per patient is allowed and during visiting hours from 2pm to 4pm and from 6pm to 9pm – and no children are permitted.

High volumes of patients are continuing to present to UHL this week, with 43 patients on trolleys this week.