Clostridium Difficile Outbreak at the Countess of Chester Hospital

Clostridium Difficile

11.04.2008

The Health Protection Agency have been informed of an outbreak of clostridium difficile at the Countess of Chester Hospital. A ward was closed when 26 people fell ill with the stomach bug.

A Trust spokesman said that the outbreak "was caused by an influx of patients in the one ward that were infected" and that all cases were classed as "none severe".

A ward at the hospital was closed and used as an isolation ward and extra cleaning was introduced in affected areas, including bleaching three times a day.

Joanne Ashley of Irwin Mitchell Solicitors said "Infection prevention and control in hospitals is of paramount importance and vital in helping to prevent outbreaks of clostridium difficile occurring."