Growth in bacteria with antibiotic resistance


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Thursday, 09 June 2011
The spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria continues to grow. New figures from the Swedish Disease Control show that the reported 1579 cases of methicillin-resistant staphylococci, MRSA, in 2010 was really an increase of seven percent compared to 2009.

Multi-resistant intestinal bacteria, ESBL, are growing even stronger. In 2010, 4983 cases reported were reported, an increase of 33 percent.

ESBL bacteria can cause severe infections in people who have been hospitalized. Several outbreaks, with occasional deaths have been reported in health care environements.

“The threat of ESBL-producing bacteria is multifaceted and bacteria are always one step ahead of man. New and even more difficult to treat types of ESBL are described from many continents and will also pop up in Sweden, "says Barbro Olsson Liljequist, chief microbiologist at Smittskyddsinstitutet, SMI to radio Sweden.

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