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Monday, October 18, 2010

Japan : 2 superbug-infected inpatients die at Mie hospital

Thanks to Chen Qi :

" Sunday 17th October, 05:33 AM JST TSU : Two inpatients at a hospital in Mie Prefecture became infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria and later died of symptoms such as blood poisoning, the hospital said Saturday.

The Mie Prefectural Medical Center said a possible causal link between the infection with multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa and the deaths cannot be denied, and that it is strengthening measures to prevent infection, while testing other inpatients for possible infections.

The hospital said one of the two, an advanced-age man, was found to be infected with the bacteria during a medical examination following his transfer to the hospital with pneumonia on Sept 17. He died of pneumonia on Oct 4.

The other patient, an elderly woman, was found infected on Thursday and died of blood poisoning the following day.Pseudomonas aeruginosa is resistant to many antibacterial agents and infects people with compromised immune systems by contact. "

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