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Pandemic fear over resistant superbug

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posted on Apr, 4 2008 @ 06:16 PM
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Pandemic fear over resistant superbug


www.telegraph.co.uk

Doctors have warned that if a superbug which is known to be even more resistant to antibiotics than clostridium difficile and MRSA takes hold in hospitals, the country could face a pandemic.
The acinetobacter bug is being treated with older antibiotics because newer ones do not work. There are fears that injured soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have passed the infection on in civilian hospitals.
Prof Matthew Falagas, an expert in hospital-acquired infections, said: "In some cases, we have simply run out of treatments and we could be facing a pandemic with public health implications."
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posted on Apr, 4 2008 @ 06:16 PM
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This is a scary thing. This "bug" seems to be gaining resistance to even old antibiotics an an alarmingly fast rate.
I hope to God that returning soldiers from this awful war do not bring this bug back with them.
The fact that they would bring back an antibiotic that has severe side effects is also a troubling thought. This bug gains resistance so fast, they are running out of treatment options.
We definitely need to keep an eye out for this growing bacterial monster.

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