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Ward closes after C.diff outbreak

Queen Margaret Hospital
Two of the four patients who tested positive for C.diff are still in hospital

A hospital ward has been closed to new admissions after an outbreak of the infection Clostridium difficile.

The surgical ward at Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermline was closed on Sunday after four patients tested positive. A fifth case is suspected.

NHS Fife said two of the four patients who tested positive were still in hospital and displaying symptoms.

A third was no longer showing any symptoms but was still in hospital, while the fourth had been discharged.

The fifth suspected case will not be confirmed until laboratory tests are completed.

However, NHS Fife said that none of the patients was giving cause for concern.

Officials said the cases were unconnected to a previous outbreak in a ward at the hospital in August.

The number of deaths in Scotland involving the infection has almost doubled in the past two years.

General Register Office for Scotland statistics showed C.diff was a factor in 597 deaths last year, compared with 313 deaths in 2005.

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