CPE outbreak in University Hospital Limerick - visitor restrictions put in place


UL Hospitals Group is currently managing an outbreak of CPE (Carbapenemase Producing Enterobacterales) and strict visitor restrictions have been put in place at University Hospital Limerick.

There have been 21 new positive cases detected since June linked to this current outbreak. There are currently three CPE-positive inpatients and University Hospital Limerick and all necessary infection prevention and control measures are in place to manage this current outbreak. All cases detected since June relate to patients colonised with and not infected with CPE.

Until further notice only one visitor per patient is allowed and during visiting hours (2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 9pm) only. Members of the public are reminded not to bring children on visits anywhere in University Hospital Limerick. Parents visiting children are unaffected by the restrictions but are advised not to bring siblings.

Further information

HSE press release: Strict Visitor Restrictions in Place at UHL after CPE Outbreak [issued 9/8/18]

HSE: CPE resources

HPSC: Surveillance of CPE in Ireland