Two cases of a rare ‘flesh-eating’ bug have been discovered at Letterkenny University Hospital.
Both cases, which were unconnected, were found at the Maternity Unit at the hospital.
It is understood the cases were discovered earlier this summer.
However a spokesman for Saolta University Health Care Group, on behalf of the hospital, stressed the disease was not contagious.
A spokesman confirmed to Donegal Daily that there was no risk to the babies involved in the cases.
“There were two unconnected confirmed cases of Necrotizing Fascilitis in LUH earlier this year in the Maternity Unit. Necrotizing Fascilitis is a relatively rare condition. It is not a contagious infection so other patients were not at risk.
“As the infection resides with the mother post delivery, there is no risk to the baby. Standard treatment was applied to address the condition including regular surgical debridement and antibiotic administration.”
It is understood that there are up to 20 cases of the disease across Ireland each year.