Dangerous bacteria spreading rapidly
A dangerous type of intestinal bacteria, which is extremely difficult to treat with antibiotics, has become much more common in Sweden, according to a new report by the Institute for Communicable Disease Control (SMI).
Last year 7,225 cases of resistant intestinal bacteria ESBL were reported. This represents a 28 per cent increase compared to 2011, according to news bureau TT.
Health officials are especially concerned about the frequency of infections with a virulent strain of bacteria called ESBL-CARBA, which is currently difficult if not impossible to treat with available antibiotics.
"If this bacteria becomes commonplace, many people will become sick," says Karin Tegmark Wisell, of health agency SMI.