Superbug causes a six fold rise in death toll in European hospitals


Antibiotic resistance is increasing across European hospitals.
Klebsiella pneumoniae has developed resistance to the last line antibiotic carbapenem.
This superbug caused a six fold rise in deaths in 2015 compared to 2007.
244 hospitals from Ireland to Israel were involved in this large scale study.
Needs ongoing genomic surveillance for continuous detection of new superbugs.
A collaborative study, published in Nature Microbiology.

How soon will we run out of effective antibiotics at this rate?

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Resource Nature Microbiology - Scientific Journal providing information about microorganisms.

Resource Sophia David - Postdoctoral Scientist in the Centre for Genomic Pathogen Surveillance (CGPS).

Resource Wellcome Sanger Institute - Center for genomic discovery.

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