Superbugs on the rise
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.