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Hospital In Romania Shut Down After Babies Get Diagnosed With Superbug

Microbiologists say up to 30 percent of humans are long-term carriers of the bug.

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This digitally colorized microscope image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) shows Staphylococcus aureus bacteria in yellow. VOA

Romanian health authorities on Friday temporarily closed a maternity hospital in the capital after 13 babies born there recently were diagnosed with a drug-resistant superbug.

The Health Ministry said the Giulesti Maternity Hospital in Bucharest would stop admissions after the newborns were recently diagnosed with antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

The Grigore Alexandru children’s hospital said Thursday it was treating at least six babies born recently in Giulesti for the bug. It said the babies didn’t have a fever, without providing further information on their condition.

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Scanning electron micrograph of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA, brown) or the superbug surrounded by cellular debris. MRSA resists treatment with many antibiotics. VOA

The ministry said wards would be closed for cleaning and disinfection after patients were discharged. The hospital said it had canceled dozens of C-section operations next week. Women will have the procedure at other public hospitals in the capital.

The Public Health Directorate said 11 hospital employees found to be carriers of the bacteria have been temporarily removed from the hospital to undergo treatment.

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The bacteria often live on the skin or in the nostrils without causing symptoms. They can become more dangerous if they enter the bloodstream, destroying heart valves or causing other damage.

Microbiologists say up to 30 percent of humans are long-term carriers of the bug. (VOA)

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US Superbug Infections Rising, but Deaths Falling

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated about 36,000 Americans died from drug-resistant infections in 2017

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Multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis bacteria. (Credit: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). VOA

Drug-resistant “superbug” infections have been called a developing nightmare that make conquered germs once again untreatable.US

So there’s some surprising news in a federal report released Wednesday: U.S. superbug deaths appear to be going down.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated about 36,000 Americans died from drug-resistant infections in 2017. That’s down 18% from 2013.

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So there’s some surprising news in a federal report released Wednesday: U.S. superbug deaths appear to be going down. Pixabay

Officials credit an intense effort in hospitals to control the spread of particularly dangerous infections.

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But while deaths are going down, the report says infections overall increased nationally. And while superbugs mainly have been considered a hospital problem, they are appearing much more often elsewhere. (VOA)