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Special team called in to combat NI C. diff outbreak

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A team from England is helping a trust in Northern Ireland tackle an outbreak of Clostridium difficile.

The team, from the Department of Health’s MRSA/Cleaner Hospitals programme, has started work within Northern Trust hospitals, which saw eight patients die from C. diff last month.

In addition to the July deaths, the number of new cases identified across the trust’s eight hospitals was 19, four fewer than in June.

The team, which will now work with Northern Ireland’s other boards, was called in by the Department for Health, Social Services, and Public Safety.

A DH spokesperson said: ‘Recent outbreaks of MRSA and Clostridium difficile in a number of NI trusts resulted in a formal request for a period of continued support from the DH team, to help ensure that the successful measures used within England are rolled out effectively and consistently in NI.’

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