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In a follow-up on a report of an ongoing outbreak of the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa in Norway hospitals, The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) reports there is still an outbreak of the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa in several hospitals in Norway. To date, more than 160 cases of infection have been reported, which include 28 hospitals in all four health regions.

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NIPH coordinates an outbreak group with professionals from all health regions. These work systematically to get the best possible overview of the situation and to limit the outbreak that was first discovered in November at UNN Tromsø. 

It is probably a combination of infection between people and between people and the environment. Therefore, we are also looking for a possible common source of infection such as medical equipment or other products, says chief physician Kirsten Gravningen at FHI.  

Each case of infection is carefully reviewed, and the information is compiled and analyzed. The hospitals have systems for caring for infected people, and very few have become seriously ill.

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Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a common bacterium that thrives in water and humid environments, as well as in a hospital environment. It rarely causes disease in healthy people, but can cause serious infection in intensive care patients and patients with weakened immune systems. 

Whole genome analyzes of the bacterium (gene profile) have shown that the outbreak strain has not previously been described in Norway or in other countries.