The state-run Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) today confirmed that eight cases of the bacterial illness known as Burkholderia Cepacia Complex were diagnosed at the island’s premier health care institution over the past six weeks.
However, it said several measures were taken to bring the situation under control.
“There were six cases diagnosed in June, and two in early July, but since the introduction of mitigating measures to arrest the increase in incidences and
reduce recurrences, there have been no additional cases of Burkholderia
Cepacia complex diagnosed to date,” the hospital’s communications department
The bacteria, said to be most harmful to persons suffering with renal disease or a weakened immune system, are usually found in soil and contaminated water.
However, given the recent threat the hospital has been emphasizing the importance of hand and other forms of hygiene. In addition, patients diagnosed with the condition were separated from the general population and treated, amid stepped up health surveillance at the hospital.