A statement released by HSE last week was delighted to announced that Mayo General Hospital (MGH) has had no cases of MRSA colonisation in babies at MGH for the past six weeks and the colonisation outbreak is over. The last positive result was on October 5.
The announcement follows last month's revelation that 23 newborn babies had tested positive for MRSA skin colonies at the hospital between March and October.
The hospital has stressed that there were no infections due to the MRSA colonisations and no babies required treatment or became ill as a result.
Charlie Meehan, General Manager said, “I would like to re-assure mothers that all necessary measures were taken when we identified the increase in colonisation rates at the hospital. The Control Measures put in place on this occasion included increased screening, strict implementation of the visiting policy, environmental cleaning and enhanced vigilance. All potential sources of contamination were checked to eliminate any possibility of contamination arising in the future. Improvements including a new nurses’ station were also implemented in the maternity unit in recent weeks to improve the environment. I would like to thank all the mothers, patients, members of the public and staff for their support and co-operation during this time.”