Written by by Charlie Gillett , CNN London Written by Charlie Gillett , CNN
After estimating Monday to be “the busiest day for our toxic hotspots” since the emergence of the deadly drug Nyx, Public Health England has revised that figure slightly down: up to 235 cases in total.
Around 5,000 hospital admissions were reported by the British charity, and four babies are still in intensive care following exposure to the drug’s toxins.
Coupled with Monday’s water disruption, with a burst pipe on the Gatwick Express, which sees the main train service to the south coast closed during heavy summer rains, authorities are issuing health warnings and asking the public to stay away from affected areas.
“I wouldn’t describe it as a national health emergency,” the UK’s Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, told BBC Radio on Tuesday morning. “But it’s of concern that a superbug is lurking.
“In light of this morning’s news, Public Health England are using the Environmental Health team to work with Gatwick Airport, the supplier and local councils to examine risk hotspots at the airport.
“Consequently we are advising people to refrain from visiting Gatwick Airport this morning.”
So far, no deaths have been reported.
A spokesperson for Gatwick Airport said that it was “working closely with Public Health England and the Environment Agency to try and deal with the issue.”
The National Health Service (NHS) has advised those who fear they may have been exposed to the superbug to seek medical help immediately.
However, it’s not clear what the treatment would be. In the US, there have been several reported outbreaks of Nx during the past year, mostly from the overwhelming majority of epidural anesthesia, which is key to childbirth.
Nyx poses a substantial risk of bacterial transmission to surgery sites and can also help facilitate transplant and heart transplant surgery because it “acts like an antibiotic.”
Most patients experience severe flu-like symptoms after exposure — among them respiratory failure, renal failure, retinal infection and liver damage — but are not often diagnosed.
Earlier this year, a patient was left in a coma following a brain surgery in Scotland after contamination with Nx.