Superbug found in UAE hospitals

27 June 2010

Researchers at the United Arab Emirates University have found high levels of a deadly superbug in public hospitals in Abu Dhabi, The National has reported. The study found more than 95% of isolated outbreak samples were resistant to antibiotics, compared with only six of 122 isolated samples in a 2002 American study of the superbug, which causes pneumonia and serious blood and wound infections, and is especially dangerous for burns victims and anyone with a weakened immune system, chronic lung disease or diabetes. The Health Authority-Abu Dhabi (HAAD) told the daily it plans to set up an antibiotic resistance surveillance system across the emirate.

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