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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Australia : Killer virus found in Melbourne

Via Herald Sun :

" A DEADLY stomach bug that has killed thousands in North America and Europe is in Melbourne.

A private Melbourne hospital last night confirmed three elderly patients had been infected with the killer strain, and it was likely to be more widespread.

Epworth Hospital executive medical director Megan Robertson said this hypervirulent strain of Clostridium difficile had not been previously detected in Australia.

"But having said that the testing in Australia is very limited,'' Dr Robertson said.

"The hypervirulent strain is quite difficult to get tested in Australia, and in fact we had to send our specimens to a laboratory in Western Australia.

''She said the three patients to test positive were potentially just the tip of the iceberg across the country. "

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