Bug linked to 17 hospital deaths

Clostridium difficile
The Clostridium difficile bacterium mainly affects older people
Seventeen deaths at a hospital in Norfolk have been linked with an outbreak of a virulent strain of the bug Clostridium difficile.

James Paget Hospital in Gorleston, near Great Yarmouth, said the deaths occurred from December 2006 to March this year.

Five other patients have undergone major bowel surgery as a result of the infection.

Hospital officials said they were confident the outbreak was contained.

The patients that died had complications from C Difficile that contributed towards their death, and this is being recorded on their death certificates.