New Hospital Bug More Resistant than MRSA

Fears about a new antibiotic resistant hospital bug in Sweden have been confirmed by the Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control.

Over 2000 patients were afflicted by the new ESBL bacteria in 2007, which is double the number of patients afflicted by MRSA, the so-called hospital disease.

Although two thirds of the cases are common urinary tract infections, they need intravenous antibiotic treatment for which patients must be hospitalised.  As many as 100 in 2000 patients also suffer from life-threatening blood poisoning.  

Experts cannot pinpoint the exact cause of resistant bacteria but one of the most likely causes is our liberal use of antibiotics.