Dozens get yeast infection (Candia Albicans) at Alicante hospital

A DOZEN people got yeast infections following treatments in the Endoscopy Department at Alicante General Hospital during the summer.

Endoscopy treatments involve using a special instrument to examine the interior of a hollow organ or cavity of the body.

An Alicante court is investigating the case following numerous complaints by patients.

The hospital has been asked to provide all relevant documentation to establish if the infections were due to medical malpractice. Initial forensic reports indicate that the hospital acted correctly.

The endoscopies were performed with an anaesthetic infected with a mushroom-shaped bacterium called Candia Albicans, which caused patients nausea, fever, skin rash from, according to investigations.

Alicante General Hospital is also conducting its own inquiry and the endoscopy room was closed for more than a week.

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