SEVEN babies carrying an unusual strain of bacteria are being treated in isolation at Royal Blackburn Hospital, it has been revealed.
The MSSA bacteria often naturally occurs on the skin without causing any symptoms, but admissions to the Baby Unit have been restricted as a precaution.
Three of the babies have been confirmed as carrying a rare PVL-producing variant, which is no more dangerous in most cases, but can cause severe infection if it enters the bloodstream.
Hospital bosses say none of the seven babies are ill as a result of the colonisation, although in some it has caused skin spots, and in other cases, stickiness in the eyes.
While the restrictions are in place, babies needing high-dependency care can be looked after in Burnley General Hospital's special care baby unit.
The small number of mothers whose babies are expected to need intensive care will be transferred elsewhere.
Visitors to the hospital, especially the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, have been urged to be extra aware of hand hygiene and to wash their hands upon entering and leaving patient areas. And parents whose babies have been on the Baby Unit within the past two to three weeks should contact their GP if they notice any rash or spots on their child’s skin or have any other concerns.
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