The South East Regional Health Authority, SERHA, says it’s closely monitoring three cases of the multi-drug resistant bacterium, Acinetobacter, that has been detected at the Kingston Public Hospital, KPH.

SERHA received a report from KPH on Monday of this week, indicating the detection of the bacterium.

They say since receiving the report, they’ve collaborated with various health departments in order to contain the spread of the infection.

They say an infection control team has begun reorientation of the staff at KPH on infection control procedures.

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, says all species of Acine-to-bacter can cause disease in humans.

Outbreaks of the infection typically occur in intensive care units and health care settings housing severely ill patients.