Cape Town - The Neonatal Service at Tygerberg Hospital (TBH) is currently in the midst of a significant Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) outbreak with a number of babies affected. The hospital has been dealing with this situation as per prescribed protocol, and since 2 January no new infections have been identified.
Babies who have been exposed to CRE (infected with actual sepsis) or babies that are CRE-colonized, (without actual sepsis) cannot be sent to any other health facility due to the risk of spreading. These babies will thus remain in the hospital’s CRE isolation wards until they are ready for discharge. It is likely that the new spaces that have been opened will need to remain open for this special purpose for at least 3 months....
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