'We're holding up a floodgate': B.C. fights off superbugs brought home by medical tourists

Health officials are warning travellers about the risk of contracting drug-resistant infections abroad, after two confirmed cases of an emerging superbug were found at Royal Columbian Hospital.
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(Natural News) While cleaning the washrooms on the International Space Station (ISS), scientists from NASA reportedly discovered five new strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that have never before been identified, suggesting that deadly “superbugs” have the capacity to mutate and proliferate, even in outer space. Publishing its findings in the journal BMC Microbiology, the National Aeronautics...
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ConclusionCTX-M-9-grp-Ent infection may be associated with patient residence and is occurring in children without traditional in-patient exposure risk factors. This suggests that among children, the community environment may be a key contributor in the spread of these resistant pathogens.
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ConclusionAn increasing trend of MRSA nasal carriage rate in Taiwan had been brought forward, however, it was not observed in central Taiwan during the period of 2005–2010. We found a summer peak on both MRSA and MSSA carriages.
Source: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology and Infection - Category: Microbiology Source Type: research
AbstractWe conducted a multicenter study to determine the clinical and microbiological characteristics of health care –associated (HCA) cellulitis in Korea. We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of patients who had been diagnosed with community-onset cellulitis. Of the 2208 cellulitis patients, 232 (10.5%) had HCA cellulitis, 1243 (56.3%) patients were hospitalized, and 15 (0.7%) died in hospital. Compa red with community-acquired (CA) cellulitis, patients with HCA cellulitis were older and more frequently presented with comorbidity and septic shock. A total of 355 microorganisms were isolated from 314 pati...
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This RCT (n=2121) found postdischarge hygiene education (HE) and MRSA decolonisation with chlorhexidine and mupirocin led to lower risk of MRSA infection than HE alone (HR 0.70;95% CI 0.52-0.96;p=0.03) which led to lower risk of hospitalisation due to MRSA infection (0.71; 0.51-0.99).
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Ťciniak Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a bacterium capable of inducing chronic active gastritis, which in some people, develops into gastric cancers. One of the substances that may be useful in the eradication of this microorganism is 3-Bromopyruvate (3-BP), an anticancer compound with antimicrobial properties. The aim of this article was to determine the activity of 3-BP against antibiotic-susceptible and antibiotic-resistant H. pylori strains. The antimicrobial activity was determined using a disk-diffusion method, broth microdilution method, time-killing assay, and checkerboard assay. The research was extended b...
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Despite the growing demand for antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) for clinical use as an alternative approach against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the manufacture of AMPs relies on expensive, small-scale chemical...
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A new study finds that decolonization of MRSA carriers following discharge from the hospital can reduce the risk of developing an infection in the subsequent year.Medscape Medical News
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ConclusionThe use of the Episeq solution allowed us to quickly demonstrate the polyclonal profile of the MSSA population in neonates and thus rule out the suspicion of a global outbreak. However, wgSNP analysis showed the transmission and persistence of one ST over 6 months in the NICU and enabled the infection control team to adapt its response.
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