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New drug resistant "Superbug" on the rise

December 24, 2009 4:01:08 PM PST
There is a new "Superbug" on the rise in American hospitals according to researchers.The drug resistant bacteria that is causing concern because there are fewer antibiotics available to treat it.

Acinetobacter is less common than other superbugs such as MRSA.

The new bug has doctors worried because they have fewer ways to fight it.

A seven year study from 1999 to 2006 showed samples of Acinetobacter became more antibiotic -resistant over time.

The bug thrives in water so it can live in a patient's lungs, blood or urine and can cause pneumonia or other serious infections.

Experts say the containment of this dangerous microbe needs to become a high priority at American hospitals.

The study appears in the journal "Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology."


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