• A new report shows cases of a deadly hospital superbug are escalating, despite a major drive to reduce infections on wards.

    New figures show there were 536 patients found to have the CPE bug last year, compared to 433 in 2017.

    A report from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre shows Tallaght hospital was worst hit with 78 cases last year, followed by Galway University Hospitals where 56 patients contracted the superbug, with 31 patients affected at Sligo University Hospital.

    CPE lives harmlessly in the gut but can be dangerous if it gets into the bloodstream - more than half of  patients who develop infections with CPE die directly or indirectly as a result.

    It poses a particular risk to people with weakened immune systems and the elderly and it was declared a public health emergency in October 2017.

  • A Castlebar Councillor has asked the HSE why they haven’t made the public aware of an outbreak of the CPE superbug at Mayo University Hospital.

    Independent Councillor Michael Kilcoyne raised the matter at the recent HSE Regional Health Forum meeting this week.

    Ann Cosgrove of the Saolta University Healthcare Group confirmed that through screening processes at Mayo University Hosptial, an increase in the numbers of cases of CPE has been identified.

    She said that all patients that were affected have been communicated with directly by their relevant Consultants.

    Communication has been sent internally throughout the hospital and management is currently working on more detailed information for the public on general issues relating to CPE.

    CPE is an antibiotic resistant organism and for most patients who carry CPE, it never causes any illness but lies harmlessly in the gut. However it can cause major issues in some patients with comprised immune systems.

    Cllr Kilcoyne says he cannot understand why the public haven’t been informed about these increased cases.