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    Posted: January 19 2019 at 2:57pm
OUTBREAK DEATHS Two dead following pigeon poo infection outbreak at Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

By Rachel Macpherson

19th January 2019, 6:02 pm
Updated: 19th January 2019, 9:56 pm

TWO patients have died following an outbreak of a fungal infection linked to pigeon poo at Glasgow's Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

It comes after NHS bosses earlier confirmed that patients were being treated after inhaling Cryptococcus - a fungus commonly found in droppings from the vermin.
Two patients have died
Two patients have died

NHS Greater Glasgow previously told how an elderly patient died from an unrelated cause.

The BBC report that a child who was infected has also died. The factors around the death are still being investigated.

A NHSGGC spokesman said: "Our thoughts are with the families at this distressing time.

"Due to patient confidentiality we cannot share further details of the two cases.

"The organism is harmless to the vast majority of people and rarely causes disease in humans."

The health board said a small number of child and adult patients who are vulnerable to the infection are receiving medication and this has proved effective.

We told earlier how NHSGGC said that a 'likely source' of the infection was found in a non-public area away from wards and the droppings were removed.

Whilst probing the fungi the hospital also discovered an issue with the sealant in shower rooms.

A 'specific group of patients' were moved within the hospital as a precaution.

Teresa Inkster, NHSGCC lead consultant for infection control, said: "Cryptococcus lives in the environment throughout the world. It rarely causes infection in humans.

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