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Dangerous bacteria spreading rapidly

Published tisdag 11 juni 2013 kl 14.40
"Closed to Visitors on Ward 3C" Patients infected with multi-resistant bacteria are often isolated from other hospital patients. Photo: Anders Andersson/Scanpix

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.

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