Su­per­bugs on the rise

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

ONE in six in­fec­tions trans­mit­ted dur­ing surgery are now re­sis­tant to an­tibi­otics, a ma­jor study into the su­per­bugs cri­sis has found.

An­tibi­otics are rou­tinely given be­fore op­er­a­tions to kill off bac­te­ria and pro­tect pa­tients from dis­ease. But their overuse has meant many germs have evolved to re­sist the drugs, with some dan­ger­ous strains be­com­ing com­pletely un­treat­able.

Re­searchers, from the uni­ver­si­ties of Ed­in­burgh, War­wick and Birm­ing­ham found that in wealthy coun­tries 17 per cent of in­fec­tions that de­vel­oped within a month of surgery were re­sis­tant to treat­ment.

In poorer coun­tries, an­tibi­otic-re­sis­tant bac­te­ria was found in 36 per cent of in­fec­tions.

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