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Bacteria linked to hospitals; HEALTH.

Antibiotic-resistant strains of a potentially deadly gut bacteria are spreading through European hospitals, a study suggests.

Klebsiella pneumoniae are resistant to the carbapenem antibiotics - the last line of defence to treat infections - and are seen as extremely drug resistant.

The bacteria normally live in human intestines, but while they are harmless there, they can cause severe infection if they spread elsewhere in the body.

It is estimated 341 deaths in Europe were caused by carbapenem-resistant K. pneumoniae in 2007 which, by 2015 had soared to 2,094.

A Europe-wide survey of the Enterobacteriaceae family of bacteria was conducted by researchers at the Centre for Genomic Pathogen Surveillance, based at the Wellcome Sanger Institute at the University of Freiburg, and their partners, and scientists found hospitals were a key factor in the bacteria's spread.

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Publication:The Press and Journal (Aberdeen,Scotland)
Date:Jul 30, 2019
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