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Hospital gets bug 'all clear' HEALTH: Wards accept new patients again after outbreak.

Byline: By Sien Powell

HOSPITAL near Nuneaton which closed to new patients following an outbreak of a potentially-deadly superbug is now fully open again.

Bramcote Hospital, which rehabilitates elderly patients, closed to new patients in July after a number of cases of the bacterial infection C.Dif or Clostridium Difficile were reported.

Three patients were initially diagnosed with suffering from the stomach bug, and, after an investigation, two further suspected cases were reported.

Now following extensive infection control measures, which included a strict cleaning regime and encouraging visitors to use antibacterial hand gels, the wards are again accepting new patients.

Clostridium Difficile can cause diarrhoea, fever, loss of appetite, nausea and abdominal pain and in serious cases can even lead to death.

The infection is spread on the hands of those who come into contact with infected people or with contaminated surfaces such as floors, bedpans or toilets.

It is a particular threat to older people, those who have been taking antibiotics for long periods or who have had lengthy stays in hospital. The infection spreads easily and stays in the environment longer than other bacteria.

A spokesman for North Warwickshire Primary Care Trust said: "Bramcote Hospital is now fully open and clear of any infections after an outbreak of a bacterial infection.

"Several patients who had been affected by the bug 'C.Dif', or Clostridium Difficile on the New Forest ward have now completely recovered.

"The hospital had instigated strict infection control measures to limit the spread of the infection and have since carried out a thorough professional cleaning of the hospital wards."
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