Two recently deceased patients in Scotland had received a fungal infection related to Taubenkot at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow. While one patient's cause of death is undetermined and the other has died of an unrelated affair, officials have taken infection control measures, and vulnerable patients are receiving preventive medication, according to Sky News.
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The infection identified as Cryptococcus mainly infects immunocompromised individuals and is transmitted by exposure to contaminated soil or bird droppings, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). The symptoms may include fever, headache, neck stiffness, malaise, photophobia, nausea and vomiting. Although coma and death are rare, it can happen.
Hospital officials said the probable source of infection was found and removed in a restricted area, Sky News reported.
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"Our thoughts are with families at this stressful time," said the spokesman. "For the sake of patient confidentiality, we can not provide any further details about the two cases. The organism is harmless to the vast majority of people and rarely causes human disease. "
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The spokesman stated that no further cases had been reported and that hospital officials had not been reported to monitor the air quality.