Manx babies aren’t affected by contaminated drip feeds

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Babies in the island’s hospital have not been affected by the contaminated drip feeds that have been linked to the death of one baby in England.

Public Health England has issued an alert following 15 infections in newborns in the past four days.

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The infection caused by a bacterium called bacillus cereus, seems to have been transmitted via contaminated drip feeds administered to the neonates.

Drips manufactured by only one manufacturer have been implicated and the contamination seems to have occurred on a single day.

A Manx health service spokesman said: ‘The Isle of Man obtains its supplies of such drip feeds from a different supplier and the department would like to reassure members of the public that there have been no such cases locally.’

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