New Drug Resistant Hospital infection may spread across Europe

MRSA-kleinThe UK Health Protection Agency reports that new strains of antibiotic resistant bacteria have been reported by UK hospitals.

The bacteria were first detected in patients who had been treated in hospitals in the Indian Sub Continent or in the Eastern Mediterranean region, including Israel, Greece and Turkey. It is also thought to have been transmitted between patients and there are fears it could spread across European hospitals unless it can be checked. One bacteria known as New Delhi Metallo is seen as the most dangerous. While such infections are still comparatively rare in most of Europe the health and cost implications of the spread of infections which are even more resistant to antibiotics than MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is of great concern for global health.

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