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Ward closed in C. Diff outbreak

 Craigavon Area Hospital

There is an outbreak of the Clostridium difficile infection in Craigavon Area Hospital in County Armagh.

Seven new cases of C. Diff have emerged in the last two weeks. The Southern Health Trust said it was a higher number than expected.

"The ward is closed to further admissions and deep cleaning has been initiated," said Dr Patrick Loughran.

He said other measures to control the outbreak included screening people with diarrhoea at accident and emergency.

The trust said the rise in C. Diff cases had coincided with an increase in patients admitted to hospital with the winter vomiting and diarrhoea bug, also known as the norovirus.

"We are asking all visitors to follow the Trust's visiting policy which includes no more than two visitors per bed, and cleaning their hands before and after visiting," said Dr Loughran.

"We would urge the local community not to visit the hospital unless absolutely necessary."

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