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Hospital battling resistant superbug

31st March 2010

A strain of superbug unique to Staffordshire has killed a kidney patient and infected several others.

The bug, Klebsiella pneumoniae affected 13 patients on Ward 29 at University Hospital of North Staffordshire with the dead patient and seven others reported as having developed a resistant strain of the disease. The infection has been contained and the hospital has cleaned ward 29 to intensive care standards with all patients on the ward now being screened weekly for Klebsiella. The strain of superbug to which Klebsiella belongs is capable of adapting far more quickly than MRSA.

 

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