Monday, August 1, 2011

Enschede: No Patients Accepted Due to Resistant Bacteria

Last week, the infectious MRSA bacteria was identified in a patient at the Medisch Spectrum Twente hospital in Enschede. Thereupon the hospital decided to stop accepting patients for two surgical departments. All planned operations, other than emergency ones have been postponed. This policy will be continued until tests give more clarity on the situation. The MRSA bacteria is difficult to fight because it is resistant to most common antibiotics. The bacteria is also called the “hospital bacteria” because it mainly occurs there. Annually in Dutch hospitals, about 1,500 people become infected by the bacteria.

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