Resistant bacteria on the increase
Cases of MRSA, bacteria resistant against most antibiotics, are on the increase in Skåne. The newspaper Sydsvenskan reports that 102 cases were reported in November, twice that reported in January 2015.
“We see this increase in the entire country,” Anders Tegnell, head of Epidemiology at the Public Health Agency, tells the newspaper, “but the increase in Skåne sticks out.”
He says the increase is related to the growing numbers of immigrants arriving in Sweden.
“Many come here with infected wounds or minor injuries,” he says.
Another reason for the increase, the Public Health Agency says, is that more Swedes are travelling abroad. And Anders Tengnell says the increase in the statistics also reflects that the healthcare system is better at detecting MRSA.
“Checks are better today,” he told Sydsvenskan. The hospitals have gotten better at discovering the bacteria.”
Between January and November 635 cases of MRSA were registered in Skåne, compared to 488 cases during all of 2014. Those who are infected are often children, the elderly or those who are already ill.
Bacteria containing ESBL, an enzyme that contributes to antibiotic resistance, are also on the increase in Sweden. During 2015 there were 100 cases reported, more than twice that of the year Before.
Besides the risk of exposure to bacteria, the increase in the number of infections also means more and more different antibiotics are used in the healthcare system, which can lead to the creation of mother strains of resistant bacteria.