Eight babies have been detected with a potentially-fatal superbug.
The bacteria has been detected at the newly-opened Monash Children’s Hospital.
The presence of vancomycin resistant enterococcus (VRE), a bowel bacteria often resistant to antibiotics, was discovered at the end of last week through routine testing, Fairfax reports.
Eight babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Special Care Nursery in the Melbourne hospital have been detected with the illness but the bacteria has not spread from their bowels to other parts of the body, meaning they are not infected and have no symptoms.
The hospital has confirmed eight babies in the unit were carrying the superbug and those babies had immediately been isolated and parents were notified.
Additional cleaning resources had been introduced in an effort to prevent the bacteria spreading.
Symptoms of infection include fever, rapid pulse rate, redness and swelling.
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