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Lower Saxony: 142 killed by multi-resistant germs

Since the start of registration in 2009, 142 deaths in Lower Saxony have been attributed to infections with multiresistant MRSA bacteria. This is clear from information from the Lower Saxony State Health Office (NLGA). Last year alone, 528 MRSA infections were detected.

Obligation to report in Lower Saxony since 2009 In Lower Saxony, a total of 142 deaths have been attributed to infections with multi-resistant MRSA bacteria since the start of registration in 2009. This was reported by the "Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung" (NOZ), citing information from the Lower Saxony State Health Office (NLGA). Accordingly, a total of 2,114 infections have been reported to the State Health Office in Hanover since the introduction of mandatory reporting for MRSA in mid 2009. According to the report, 528 MRSA infections and 26 deaths were detected in Lower Saxony in 2013 alone.

Two thirds of those over 70 years of MRSA are staphylococcal pathogens that are resistant to all common beta-lactam antibiotics available on the market, such as penicillin, and only respond to treatment with so-called “reserve antibiotics”. There is an increased risk for people with a weakened immune system. An infection can lead to various symptoms such as inflammation, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, or blood poisoning. MRSA are relatively widespread, especially in hospitals, rehabilitation facilities and nursing homes, and at the same time a major problem here. The germs are particularly dangerous for older people. Last year, two thirds of those affected were 70 years or older. The resistance development of bacteria is observed at the NLGA.

Trend will continue The report shows that although the proportion of resistant germs in some pathogens such as the well-known MRSA has decreased slightly, the number of intestinal bacteria resistant to several antibiotics has increased significantly in recent years. "I assume that this trend will continue," Matthias Pulz, head of the NLGA told NOZ. The expert called for additional efforts to improve hygiene in hospitals and a more targeted antibiotic prescription. In this context, the authorities criticized the improper use of antibiotics, which favored the development of resistance in pathogens.

Too many antibiotics are prescribed The head of the Osnabrück health service, Gerhard Bojara, told NOZ: "If we don't rethink soon, we won't be able to deal with the problem." The expert is particularly concerned with the practice of prescribing antibiotics in the outpatient area an eyesore: “Too many antibiotics are prescribed. Especially in winter, viral colds are wrongly treated with antibiotics. This is a general training problem in the German medical profession, ”said Bojara.


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