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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Japan : Another superbug infects 3 more inpatients at Tokyo hospital

An article from Japan Today, the whole report :

" TOKYO : Three inpatients at Teikyo University Hospital, which recently admitted to a number of deaths from a superbug, have been infected with another antibiotic-resistant bacterium, with one suspected fatality, Tokyo metropolitan government officials said Saturday.

The Tokyo-based hospital reported the three cases of hospital infection with multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa to the Tokyo government Thursday at the same as it reported the outbreak of Acinetobacter infections, the officials said.

The hospital and Tokyo government revealed at separate press conferences Friday that 27 patients since last October had died out of 46 infected with Acinetobacter, including nine whose deaths are possibly attributable to the superbug. The pseudomonal cases were not revealed Friday by either the hospital or the Tokyo government, however.

An official in charge at the Tokyo government explained that it did not give out the information as infections with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, unlike Acinetobacter, are not uncommon and that the incidence of infection was small.

Pseudomonal infection was detected from the three in the same hospital ward from June to August and one of them with heart disease died on Aug 24 of blood poisoning caused by a bacterial infection, the official said, adding that there is a strong possibility the pseudomonal bacterium was to blame for the death."

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