Pregnant nurse infected with deadly bacteria

2012-09-20 08:36

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.  

  • isabel.ashe.7 - 2012-09-20 09:14

    WTF.. You got to HOSPITAL to get better,Now we have NDM-1 to worry about..Get all hospitals clean.. What a way our country is going...

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-09-20 09:41

      Yes! It sounds like a soapie...

      susan.paul.330 - 2012-09-20 11:13

      Are these nurses using gloves??

  • gkleingeld - 2012-09-20 09:17

    Is this in Witbank, I know the water is nearly as bad as the roads in that messed up province!

      cheryl.luff.3 - 2012-09-20 09:27

      Roads what roads oh you mean the tar between the pot holes in Witbank. Water undrinkable and now the hospital just all bad. I will not even talk about the government hospital here.

  • cindy.wrathex.ruthven - 2012-09-20 09:23

    Basic hygiene laziness and neglect? Staff should always wear gloves. I have been spending a lot of time in hospitals (medi-clinics) for cancer, and I have observed continuous lack of basic hygiene by both the cleaning staff and nurses regarding washing hands, putting on gloves when working with patients and half-hearted cleaning methods. I personally wipe down handles to toilets and doors every time I use them in hospitals to prevent becoming infected.

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-09-20 09:53

    How can you call them nurses, when they have had not basic training, When I nursed it was nursing with years of studying and training today, a three month course run by a bogus nursing school and Walla they are nurses. Time to wake up S.A. before this virus travels.

  • sngcobo2 - 2012-09-20 09:53

    ayihlome ihlasele with washing of hands in between patients, procedures and wearing of protecting clothings to be safe

  • shannon.mcmurtrie.3 - 2012-09-20 09:55

    Nothing new here. Hospitals are breeding grounds for all sorts of bacteria. Comes with the territory. But agree that they should step up hygiene protocols.

  • AbrahamsTT - 2012-09-20 10:09

    Hygiene lacks in oublic hospitals...

  • ilze.moreira - 2012-09-20 10:09

    i sincerely hope that you have also noted staff shortages, infected patients should be treated in isolation, but because many fellow South-Africans retrieved from doing nursing (because their parents - who are now dead said so) we have a real problem< unfortunately not everybody nurses because they love it

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-09-20 10:45

    What bum reporting. New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase 1 is not a bacterium, it is an ENZYME that makes certain bacteria (notably Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae) immune to most antibiotics. So perhaps somebody can inform us which of the many Enteric bacteria species is the responsible one here. Not that it really makes much difference to the alarming unhygienic condition of our general hospitals but as a retired medical lab tech I sure would like to know.

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  • rachael.vs.1 - 2012-09-20 12:07

    Why was a pregnant nurse allowed to be exposed? Wish they had mentioned how mum and baby are doingh, at the very least. Idiot reporter!

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