Sixteen patients infected after outbreak of deadly superbug in Cork hospital
By Sandra Murphy -

More than one hundred patients were exposed when a Cork hospital was hit by an outbreak of a deadly superbug, it has emerged.

The outbreak of CPE at the Mercy hospital in Cork was highlighted by inspectors from the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa).

It later emerged that 16 patients were infected with the deadly superbug that can kill in days ? with three quarters of them picking up the infection after being admitted to the hospital.

The watchdog said poor performance demonstrated in a recent infection prevention and control audit of patient equipment may have contributed to the outbreak.

CPE ? carbapenemase producing enterobacteriaceae ? is a bug that resides in the gut but is fatal in half of all cases where it enters the bloodstream.

Of the 16 cases of CPE infection recorded in the hospital between January and October this year, 12 were acquired in the hospital, according to the Hiqa report...