University of Limerick Hospitals Group have admitted that a highly drug resistant superbug was linked to the deaths of eight patients after a review of 73 patient deaths in Limerick hospitals over the last eight to nine years. According to the report published on Tuesday, the CPE bug was, ”an associative factor” in the eight deaths and each of the eight patients had significant underlying health problems.
Carbapenemase Producing Enterobacteriaceae is a relatively new bacteria that is incredibly difficult to kill with antibiotics. It lives harmlessly in the gut in healthy people but if it passes into the bloodstream or urine it can be lethal. Elderly people and those with reduced immune system function are particularly susceptible to the virus.