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Cyprus Internet Directory [ Five in hospital with Staphylococcus virus ]

Five in hospital with Staphylococcus virus

FIVE PEOPLE who are carriers of the Staphylococcus virus have been admitted to Larnaca general hospital and quarantined in the last few days, the Cyprus News Agency reported yesterday.

The five all came from old people’s homes and private clinics and have ended up in the intensive care unit, surgery and orthopaedic ward of the hospital.

The Staphylococcus virus was identified following routine tests on their admission to the hospital, using liquid samples from the nose. The five have since been quarantined on the fifth and seventh floor of the hospital. There is no cause for concern, while patients and hospital staff are not at risk since all the necessary measures have been taken, said the hospital.

The five are receiving the necessary treatment to ensure that the bacteria will not be passed on to others, said senior medical officer Dr Androula Tyrimou yesterday.

Tyrimou noted that the bacteria did not come from the hospital but from outside, specifically, old people’s homes.

Different strains of the bacteria cause different infections. Staphylococcal infections mainly affect the skin, but can cause serious internal disorders.

“The hospital conducts a proper screening of patients, and takes preventive measures to ensure that this does not spread to other patients. We make tests to see if there is a problem or not. If so, they are quarantined and given proper medication so as not to transmit it on to others,” said Tyrimou.

The doctor noted that one effective way to avoid transmitting the virus was to wash the patients’ clothing above 70 degrees temperature.

(Source: Cyprus Mail)
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