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A new 'superbug' has been unleashed unwittingly on 11 patients in an English hospital, called gentamicin-resistant, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). It is a type of bacteria that is proving extremely difficult to treat with conventional antibiotics and causes septicemia and respiratory infections; it has not caused any deaths to date. The patients were identified when swabs were taken of their skin, while in hospital, and the resistant bacteria was grown in a laboratory.
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About: Multi-resistant bacteria found in hospital patients
Date: 7 December 2005
Source: BBC News
Author: Michele Paduano
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