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Bullock DuCasse says she responded immediately to infectious outbreak advisory

Published:Wednesday | October 28, 2015 | 10:16 PM
Inthis file photo Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse is pictured next to Health minister Dr Fenton Ferguson. DuCasse says she was first informed of an infectious outbreak at the hospital on October 16.

Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse is disputing a report from the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) which indicated she took three weeks to respond to an advisory of an infectious outbreak at the hospital.

Speaking at a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, DuCasse said the ministry’s response was immediate.

The UHWI had stated that it wrote to the CMO on September 7 advising of the outbreak and she replied on September 21.

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However, DuCasse says she was first informed on October 16 and the ministry immediately took action to assist the hospital.

Meanwhile, DuCasse says there has been no further infection at the UHWI or the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James.

Nineteen babies have died at both hospitals after being infected with the klebsiella and serratia bacteria.