Super Bacteria is spreading across Europe

‘Resistant bacteria spreading in Europe’

Sat, 16 Nov 2013 00:27:54 GMT

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) says a dangerous bacteria, resistant to almost all antibiotics, has widely spread across Europe.

In a report issued on Friday, the health agency said that hospital-acquired bacterial infections which are difficult to treat with antibiotics called carbapenems are on the rise in European countries, adding that the carbapenem-resistant bloodstream infections with Klebsiella pneumoniae bacteria were found in five southern European countries in 2012, compared with two countries in 2009.

“The carbapenems are a major last-line class of antibiotics used to treat healthcare-associated infections. The proportion of Klebsiella pneumoniae bloodstream infections that is resistant to carbapenems has increased between 2009 and 2012, to above 5% in 5 countries, mostly in the south of Europe,” the report said.

“A new serious concern is the emergence and spread of carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter species, which is above 25% in 8 of 18 countries reporting data. This indicates even more seriously limited options for treatment of patients with Acinetobacter infections.”

Meanwhile, ECDC Director Marc Sprenger issued a statement saying that the findings are “very worrying” for the treatment of diseases that have long been treated using antibiotics.

Without carbapenem antibiotics, doctors will have little at hand to encounter such resistant bacteria.

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