An outbreak of tuberculosis (TB) is being dealt with at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.
More than 1,000 patients and staff are involved in an “investigation” following the outbreak, according to a report published this week.
Two patients and a member of staff have had TB diagnosed, with the staff member believed to have passed on the potentially fatal bacterial infection to the second patient.
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals – the trust that runs the Royal Sussex – said: “There has been a unique unexpected transmission of tuberculosis between a patient, a staff member and another patient.
“Whole genome sequencing recently revealed this transmission link and this was therefore labelled as an outbreak.
“Because numerous staff are involved and reporting harm, a serious incident was declared.
“A RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) has also been sent in relation to the patient to staff transmission.
“Public Health England has identified this transmission as strain specific.
“The index patient was managed in line with policy and national guidance and staff followed this policy and guidance.
“The trust is working closely with Public Health England on this issue.
“Currently 321 patients and 745 staff are part of this outbreak investigation.”