Mark Farrugia’s fitness level helped him cheat death

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When he finally walked out of hospital they called him, endearingly, “Dead Guy from 35”, a man so close to death he became the daily rallying point for staff patrolling the ward around room 35 at Juravinski Hospital. Popular Hamilton chef Mark Farrugia, 38, dipped perilously near the end during a near month-long battle to Read more…


Poots reveals 26 Pseudomonas deaths in four years

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Twenty-six people died from Pseudomonas in Northern Ireland between 2008 and 2011, the assembly has been told. A further two people have died after contracting the infection this year although those figures are provisional. The figures do not include the recent deaths of four babies at neo-natal units. The Health Minister, Edwin Poots, revealed the figure Read more…


High population density is greatest risk factor for water-linked diseases

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Water-associated infectious disease outbreaks are more likely to occur in areas where a region’s population density is growing, according to a new global analysis of economic and environmental conditions that influence the risk for these outbreaks. Ohio State University scientists constructed a massive database containing information about 1,428 water-associated disease outbreaks that were reported between Read more…


An update for the Pseudomonas outbreak, by The Public Health Agency.

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The total number of pseudomonas cases and colonisations notified to the Public Health Agency (PHA) today (12th February) are as follows: Total number of confirmed pseudomonas infections associated with the Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital (RJM) outbreak: seven (in RJM). Number of babies currently in neonatal units who have confirmed pseudomonas colonisations and are associated with Read more…


Oxford School – Water Monitoring Not Adequate – relates solely to paperwork

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An Oxfordshire Independant School, has been told it is not adequately controlling the risk of bacteria that causes a potentially fatal form of pneumonia. Chandlings School in Bagley Wood, Kennington, has been issued an improvement notice from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) over its risk assessment and control of the legionella bacteria, which causes Read more…


Hospitals urged to check water for pseudomonas

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  The chief medical officer has written to all Northern Ireland’s health trusts asking them to check for Pseudomonas bacteria in their water supply. The letter asks that areas where vulnerable patients are treated, such as intensive care units, are paid particular attention to. The advice follows the deaths of four babies from the infection Read more…


Pseudomonas found in more hospital taps

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Pseudomonas has been detected in water outlets in the neonatal units at three more hospitals in Northern Ireland. Water tests from Daisy Hill in Newry, Craigavon Area Hospital and the Erne Hospital in Enniskillen were positive. As in all neonatal units, steps had already been taken to ensure that babies did not come into contact with Read more…


Furness General Hospital – Systems Failure ?

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Mr Macaulay, also known locally as Gerry, died on Friday afternoon, just hours after news emerged of the outbreak in the Cumbrian town of Barrow-in-Furness. Four patients were today giving doctors “cause for concern” and a further 11 were receiving treatment in intensive care units across north west England. A total of 70 people were Read more…


Britons die after contracting Legionnaires’ disease in Spain

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Three British men have died and three more people are in hospital after contracting Legionnaires’ disease while on holiday in Spain. The pensioners died after staying at the Diamante Beach Hotel in Calpe, Costa Blanca, Saga Holidays said. One died in hospital on Thursday. Another was found dead in a hotel room. Five others who recently Read more…