Deadly Bacterial Nightmare At Australian Hospitals: One Dead, As Cases Rise Across The Country
A bacterial outbreak in hospitals across the country has been linked to more than 40 people, including an elderly patient who died in Queensland.
Australia’s medical watchdog has issued a quarantine notice for salt-containing products that appear to be contaminated with Ralstonia, a form of bacteria normally found in soil and water.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration issued the warning after a bacterial outbreak in NSW. There are 43 suspected cases across the country.
Scientists in the ACT have identified products from India and Greece as a possible source of contamination, Queensland Health Minister Shannon Fentiman said on Friday.
Ms Fentiman expressed her condolences to the family of an elderly patient who died at Buderim’s private hospital after the bacteria was found in his blood.
A bacterial outbreak in hospitals across the country has been linked to more than 40 people, including an elderly patient who died at Buderim Private Hospital in Queensland (pictured)
Queensland’s chief health officer John Gerrard said he could not comment on the extent to which the infection contributed to the elderly man’s death because the matter was before the coroner.