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18 new moms infected by hospital bug

AT least 18 new mothers were infected with a bug after having caesarean births in a hospital suffering water shortages last fall in south China's Guangdong Province.

They were infected with nontuberculous mycobacteria, or NTM – a bug which can cause a lung disease, swollen glands and skin rashes, today's South Daily newspaper reported.

Huaqiao Hospital in Gurao Town of Shantou City's Chaonan District reported the outbreak to health authorities in mid December, but said only 11 patients were affected, other patients complained to the newspaper.

Eleven new mothers are being treated for the bacteria at Dafeng Hospital, with the local government paying their medical costs.

The other seven who complained to the newspaper have to visit Huaqiao Hospital every day for treatment. All 18 had caesarean births between late August and November, according to the newspaper.

Patients agreed sanitation in the hospital was not good during last fall's drought, when water was available for only half an hour each day in October and was yellowish.


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