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Deep clean at Belfast hospital unit after babies found with skin infection

A hospital unit in Belfast has undergone a deep clean after some babies were found to have pseudomonas on their skin.

The small number of infants involved were being treated in the neonatal unit of the Royal Jubilee Maternity Service.

Although the bacteria was found on their skin, it does not mean they were infected.

Infection prevention measures have been put in place by staff and a deep clean of the unit has been carried out.

The Belfast health trust said that while the issue was unfortunate it wanted to reassure patients, their families and the public that it was being managed appropriately.

It added that every precaution was being taken to prevent further incidents.

The trust encouraged visitors to the neonatal unit to be diligent with their hand hygiene to prevent the spread of infection.

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a relatively common type of infection encountered in hospitals in the north and Britain.

However, its tough nature and the severity of the symptoms mean it is a priority for departments tasked with infection control.

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