All activities in Ward 4B cancelled till further notice
A ward at Norfolk General Hospital has been quarantined following an outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
In a news release, NGH says patients in Ward 4B are in isolation following the positive identification of the CPE bacteria.
“CPE” stands for “carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteria.”
Enterobacteria live harmlessly in the digestive tract of humans. The bacteria cause problems when they get into the bloodstream or the urinary tract. The bacteria can also cause pneumonia.
CPE is spread by unwashed hands or by contact with soiled surfaces and equipment. People with weakened immune systems are especially vulnerable to infection. Antibiotics are available to combat CPE but these have significant side effects.
CPE bacteria are resistant to the carbapenem class of antibiotics. These are considered the drugs of last resort for such infections.
Families of affected patients have been informed of the situation. Affected patients are being cared for in isolation from others. Visitor restrictions are in place on 4B.
NGH has responded to the outbreak with stepped-up sanitation and disinfection measures. All activities on 4B have been cancelled, including the Thanksgiving luncheon.
“NGH advises that – if you are feeling ill – please avoid visiting,” Gerry Hamill, the hospital’s communications specialist, said in a news release.
“When entering our hospital or nursing home, please be vigilant about washing your hands. Simply use one of the many hand sanitizing stations available throughout the hospital.”
Ward 4B at Norfolk General Hospital is in quarantine following an outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant bacteria.