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.
Mentioned in this article:
Nature Microbiology - Scientific Journal providing information about microorganisms.
Sophia David - Postdoctoral Scientist in the Centre for Genomic Pathogen Surveillance (CGPS).
Wellcome Sanger Institute - Center for genomic discovery.