Drug-resistant ‘superbug’ infection reaches UK

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August 11, 2010

BBC Health News

An enzyme which can make bacteria resistant to even the most powerful antibiotics available has been found in UK hospitals.

Although around only 50 cases of the NDM-1-infected bacteria have been identified in the UK so far, scientists and doctors fear the super-resistant strains could spread quickly.

Dr Rosemary Leonard told the BBC there were some “combinations of antibiotics that work” against the enzyme, but good hygiene was the first line of defence against infection.

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