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New superbug threatens hospital hygiene

Thursday 20th November 2008
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A new superbug has been increasing in prevalence in UK hospitals, it has been found.

Called Acinetobacter (A) baumannii, the bacteria causes infections in hospitalised patients and incidence of the bug have risen significantly over the last three decades, new research suggests.

Published in the Lancet, the study indicates that the pathogen is an expanding threat and that outbreaks of it are proving very difficult to control, people with sterile services jobs may wish to note.

The researchers advise that stringent hygiene rules and drug option research are both crucial factors in the battle against major outbreaks.

A baumannii is said to rarely attack healthy individuals, but is a danger to critically ill individuals.

It is said to favour advanced age, weakened immune systems, underlying diseases and major burns.

Meanwhile, the Cumberland Infirmary and the West Cumberland Hospital were recently praised for their hygiene standards, the Cumberland News reported.

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