Pregnant nurse infected with deadly bacteria

2012-09-20 08:36
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Johannesburg - Deadly bacteria found at an Mpumalanga hospital has caused a pregnant nurse to undergo an urgent C-section.

Two cases of New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase 1 (NDM-1) were reported at the Life Cosmos Hospital in Emalahleni (formerly Witbank), reported The Star.

The nurse tested positive for NDM-1 and the Caesarean was apparently done to protect her child.

The nurse was believed to have contracted the bacteria while treating infected patients.

The hospital manager said all staff were tested after they were notified that a patient had tested positive for the bacteria.  

The bacteria could be contracted by coming in contact with infectious material like faeces and infected bodily fluids. The bacteria was drug-resistant and could be fatal in certain cases.

Symptoms of the bacteria are diarrhoea and Klebsiella pneumonia-like symptoms.  

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