Resistant to antibiotics: more and more MRSA cases are being reported

Resistant to antibiotics: more and more MRSA cases are being reported



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Significantly more patients infected with hospital germs
Infections with dangerous multi-resistant germs are becoming increasingly common in clinics. A significant increase in the number of cases is reported from Saxony-Anhalt. The hospital germ MRSA is resistant to antibiotics. Infection can therefore be fatal to some patients.

Infections can be fatal
In German hospitals, infections with dangerous multi-resistant germs are becoming more common. These pathogens, called MRSA, are held responsible for the deaths of up to 15,000 people a year. The increase in resistance is attributed, among other things, to the massive use of antibiotics in agriculture. The germs are particularly dangerous for older and weakened people and small children. This is why reports such as the recent one from Wiesbaden, where nine babies were infected with MRSA pathogens, are particularly dramatic.

More MRSA cases reported
As the news agency dpa reports, the hospital germ MRSA was detected and reported in 198 patients in Saxony-Anhalt last year. According to data from the State Office for Consumer Protection in Magdeburg, it can be seen that the increase in the number of cases has continued. In 2011 there were only 164 MRSA cases in the country. Mathematically, seven out of 100,000 inhabitants were affected at the time. Last year there were 8.4 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Widely used in clinics and nursing homes
Infection with the antibiotic-resistant pathogen can be fatal. Health experts emphasize that there is an increased risk, particularly for people with a weakened immune system and for the elderly. Infection can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, pneumonia, or blood poisoning. Especially in hospitals, rehabilitation facilities and nursing homes, MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) are relatively widespread and at the same time a considerable problem. Facilities in which outpatient surgery is carried out must report the germ as soon as it is found in a patient.

Resistant germs should be better controlled
The black and red federal government announced last year that resistant germs should be combated more efficiently. Stricter reporting requirements, tighter surveillance and more targeted research are envisaged. A lot has happened in research in recent years anyway. British scientists have found that a 1,000-year-old Anglo-Saxon remedy for MRSA germs has remarkable effects. And the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF) has reported a new agent against dangerous hospital germs that is supposed to kill the bacteria in a short time without promoting resistance. (ad)

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