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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Brazil reports 15 deaths from cases of drug-resistant bacteria infection

Via Xinhua :

" BRASILIA, Oct. 18 : Brazil's Federal District reported on Monday 163 suspected cases of infection by a drug-resistant bacteria and 15 related deaths, according to the Brazilian Sanitary Surveillance (Anvisa).

The bacteria -- Klebsiella pneumoniae Carbapenemase (KPC) -- is resistant to most of the common antibiotics on the Brazilian market, the Anvisa said.

Of the 163 suspected patients in the capital, 48 remained hospitalized in 17 hospitals.
At the Base Hospital of Brasilia (HBB), there are 23 infected cases.Three patients died from the superbacteria in the hospital on Oct. 9.

"We are making an effort to control the infection. We divided the hospital into four sections -- one for people who had contact with infected patients, another for patients suspected of infection, the third for the carriers and the fourth for the normal patients," said the HBB director, Carlos Schmin."

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