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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Australia : Superbug strain detected in Melbourne

Via The Australian :

" A new strain of the deadly superbug that has killed thousands of people in the northern hemisphere has mysteriously emerged in Australia.

It is understood that seven cases of a variant strain of the virulent and contagious bacteria Clostridium difficile 207 have been identified by an Australian laboratory in the past two years, including some recent cases, but public health authorities have not made this public.

The new strain in normally found in pigs, but humans can also contract the disease.

The puzzle, health experts say, is how it came to be here as Australian pigs are thought to be free of the bacteria.

The Royal Melbourne Hospital confirmed last night that a patient was admitted on October 17 and tested positive for the 078 strain of C. Diff."

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