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NZ Health Warning: ‘Superbug’ found in people in Hutt Valley

Posted by te2ataria on October 19, 2018

Latest cluster of superbug carriers originated in the community

Hutt Valley DHB has identified a cluster of at least five carriers of the antibiotics resistant superbug Carbapenam Producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE).

“We had the first confirmed laboratory result on Saturday 25 August and the most recent case was identified this Friday 12 October. Patients and their health professionals have been informed of the results immediately,” Hutt Valley DHB reported.

Only one out of the five people developed the infection and it was treated successfully, claims Hutt Valley District Health Board infectious diseases doctor Matthew Kelly.

At least 50 people nationwide have been discovered to carry CPE this year so far, Kelly said.

“There have been an increasing number of CPE cases identified in NZ and so far this year there have been around 50 cases. Most people found to have CPE in New Zealand became infected overseas, particularly if they had been in an overseas hospital.”

Tourism and antibiotic resistance rates globally, among other factors, contribute to the exponential  rise in the spread of superbugs.

However, the latest cluster of cases “appears to have originated in the community, however Hutt Valley DHB has not, to date, been able to confirm the source of infection.”

Road fatalities:

Police have blocked ALL news of road fatalities since late Monday.
Ministry of Resurrection Road Toll: Only 295 

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