A superbug closes a ward nearby to where Kate Middleton is due to give birth

A superbug closes a ward nearby to where Kate Middleton is due to give birth

A spanner in the royal baby works?

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The discovery of a dangerous superbug the Zachary Cope Ward at St Mary’s Hospital could have thrown a spanner in the works for the birth of the royal baby – forcing it to close...

The Zachary Cope Ward at St Mary’s Hospital, close by to where the Duchess of Cambridge is set to give birth to her second child with Prince William, has been forced to close after the discovery of a superbug. 

Eight patients on the ward were found to be carrying carbapenemase producing enterobacteriaceae (CPE), an antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can lead to potentially fatal infections.

A spokeswoman for the NHS Trust told British tabloid, The Mirror“A ward at St Mary’s is temporarily not taking new admissions after we found a small number of vascular patients were carrying a microorganism in their gut,” adding that the 20-bed ward, which specialises in vascular surgery has been closed since April 15.

“Unfortunately three of these patients developed localised infections. All have completely recovered.” She went on to reassure with her statement.

The ward is situated nearby to the private Lindo Wing of the hospital, where Prince William and Kate Middleton are set to welcome Prince George's younger brother or sister. It is currently being sanitised and patients will continue to be screened for the potentially deadly bacteria when it reopens next week.

The discovery is said to have caused alarm at the Palace, but at present it seems the royal couple will go ahead with their birthing plans as normal, following careful screenings and checks. 

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