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New superbug worries overhyped

13th June 2008

Infection control experts say that warnings about the emergence of a new superbug infection are overhyped.

Health Protection Agency experts say in an article in the British Medical Journal that concerns about Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, which infects about 1,000 people every year in the UK, are unfounded.

Stenotrophomonas maltophilia gained prominence in May when researchers from the University of Bristol published its genetic code. But the HPA say that Stenotrophomonas maltophilia infections are rare in comparison to the numbers caused by other viruses such as MRSA and Clostridium difficile.


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