Experts 'alarmed' by spread of hospital bacteria

13th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

13 September 2006, BRUSSELS — A new potentially lethal hospital-borne bacteria that was first discovered in Belgium last year is now widely spread across the nation, the national reference laboratory said.

13 September 2006

BRUSSELS — A new potentially lethal hospital-borne bacteria that was first discovered in Belgium last year is now widely spread across the nation, the national reference laboratory said.

The aggressive bacteria is called type 027 of the more prevalent Clostridium Difficile bacteria.

It has already been found at 22 hospitals and a nursing institute. It was first found in Belgium at a hospital in Ieper at the end of 2005.

At least one patient is known to have died after being infected with the bacteria. Health authorities suspect more fatalities have occurred.

Some 168 patients have been infected with the bacteria in Belgium, newspaper 'De Morgen' reported on Wednesday.

Infected patients develop fever, diarrhea, inflammation of the colon, the same symptoms of patients infected with normal hospital bacteria.

However, they develop these symptoms more often and with more serious complications that are potentially fatal.

Victims are usually patients older than 65 and half of them are 82 or older. One patient was 43.

Although a limited number of patients have been infected with the bacteria, health experts have said the situation is "alarming".

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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