Hospital virus

Families of patients who died at Faro Hospital after being infected with the hospital virus, clostridium difficile, have been assured by officials at the hospital that the “best practices” were used when dealing with the outbreak.

In total, 31 people were infected with the virus and eight of these people later died during April and May.  A spokesman for the hospital said: “All patients diagnosed with the infection were placed immediately into isolation” thus limiting the spread of the infection.

The statement comes after the hospital was exonerated of responsibility for the deaths of the patients by the Inspector General of Health Activities who stated that it was impossible to “confirm or deny the possibility of patient to patient transmission” and added that it was also “not possible to know if the deaths were as a direct result of clostridium difficile.”