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Concern over spread of superbugs

Friday 12th October 2012
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There are increasing calls for more studies on how hospital superbugs are transmitted through the air, experts have said.

Since the turn of the year there have been a number of break outs of viruses in hospitals in Scotland, with patients being hit with winter vomiting illnesses and c.diff which can prove fatal in some cases.

A study by researchers at Leeds University found that bacteria, which have been linked with MRSA, could travel up to 3.5 metres via air currents, the BBC reports.

It has prompted calls from experts for more investigations on this subject so hospitals are able to gain the necessary information and implement levels of sterile services to ensure that patients are not affected.

The Leeds University researchers were conclusive in believing that the spread of these diseases can be attributed through air currents that are helped by ventilation systems in the hospitals.

written by Martin LambertADNFCR-1780-ID-801468657-ADNFCR

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