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Baby dies after outbreak of MRSA at Northern Ireland hospital

A baby has died after an outbreak of MRSA at the neo-natal unit of the Royal Jubilee Maternity hospital in Belfast.

An investigation has been launched and the death is being treated as a "serious adverse incident".

Two babies contracted the bacterial infection late in the summer, it has been reported. One child was able to make a recovery.

The BBC reports that while MRSA was not the direct cause of the baby's death it is thought to be connected.

The coroner has been notified.

The Belfast Trust said the source of the infection was unknown.

It reassured the public, families and patients the situation was being managed and there was no active cases, however testing was ongoing.

"The Belfast Trust is currently managing an infection outbreak which occurred earlier in the summer and involved two babies who spent time in the Neonatal Unit," a spokeswoman said.

"We would like to reassure the families of our patients as well as the wider public that the situation is being appropriately managed.

"Robust infection prevention and control measures are in place in the unit and every precaution is being taken. Visitors to the neonatal unit can help us to prevent the spread of infection by being diligent in relation to hand hygiene."

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