One in 12 hospital patients carries antibiotic-resistant 'superbug'

May 14, 2013
Author: CTV News

More than 2,890 hospital patients in Canada are infected with a so-called “superbug,” or an antibiotic-resistant organism, at any one time, according to new Canadian research, which also found that most infections were acquired in a health-care facility.

The findings, released Monday and published in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, offer the first comprehensive look at the prevalence of superbug infections in Canadian hospitals.

More than 2,890 hospital patients in Canada are infected with a so-called “superbug,” or an antibiotic-resistant organism, at any one time, according to new Canadian research, which also found that most infections were acquired in a health-care facility.

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Dr. Joel Kettner, of the International Centre for Infectious Diseases in Winnipeg, called the study an important step in understanding the extent of this problem. “We don't want to frighten or scare Canadians about hospitals,” (But) we need to take it seriously, and see if the problem gets worse or stable.” Kettner also noted that most people do not become seriously ill when carrying these bacteria, however, monitoring levels and how well precautions are working is important.