Royal baby alert: Superbug breaks out in hospital

2015-04-26 16:24
Kate and Prince William

London – While the world waits with bated breath for the second royal baby to make its appearance a superbug has closed a ward at the St Mary’s hospital.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s due date for the fourth in line to the throne was on 25 April, and she is expected to be admitted to the Lindo Wing in the coming days.

According to a report by The Independent a screening of eight patients for a microorganism, and subsequent infection has shut down a surgical ward at the hospital.

8 patients have been identified as carrying Carbapenemase producing enterobacteriaceae (CPE).

According to Public Health England, CPE is the name given to a group of bacteria that have become very resistant to antibiotics including those called carbapenems.

Senior staff at the hospital have said they are working with Public Health England and are screening patients on the Zachary Cope ward.

Royal fans have already started camping outside the hospital in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the latest royal to be born.

Earlier on Sunday Prime Minister David Cameron defended the royal couple's choice of private treatment at the Lindo Wing over public care offered by the National Health Service, AP reported.

Asked on TV if the royal couple's decision was disappointing, Cameron said he supports peoples' right to choose treatment options.

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