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Once again, multi-resistant pathogens were found in a baby in the Bremen-Mitte clinic. Antibiotic-resistant germs were found on the skin of the ten-week-old infant, but the child has not yet suffered from a corresponding infection, the spokeswoman for the North Health Clinic Association, Karen Matiszick, reported on Thursday.
The detected pathogens probably belong to the same strain as the multi-resistant germs from which three babies died at the premature ward in the Bremen-Mitte clinic at the end of 2011. According to the spokeswoman for the clinic association, a rapid test has shown certain similarities in resistance, but only a genetic analysis can finally provide clarity. According to Matiszick, the results of the corresponding investigation by a Bochum laboratory are expected next week.
Ten-week-old boy infected with multi-resistant pathogens The ten-week-old boy, on whose skin the pathogens were discovered, saw the light of day at the Left Weser Clinic at the end of February and was admitted to the Department of Pediatric Surgery at the clinic at the beginning of the month due to a hernia Bremen-Mitte admitted. When testing for possible bacterial contamination, neither the Weser Clinic Links nor the admission smear in the Bremen-Mitte clinic found multiresistant pathogens, so it can be assumed that the boy only came into contact with the multiresistant intestinal germs in the Bremen-Mitte clinic. However, the spokeswoman for the clinic association explained that there was no acute danger for the boy because he did not have the germs.
Multi-resistant germs in the Bremen-Mitte clinic have long been a problem The situation was different for premature babies who had become infected with multi-resistant pathogens in the Bremen-Mitte clinic at the end of 2011. Some of them became extremely ill and three of them did not survive the infection. To date, two infected children from the first outbreak are lying in isolation at the children's clinic in Bremen-Mitte. After the discovery of the multi-resistant pathogens, several departments of the hospital were closed and thoroughly disinfected. Apparently, however, without the desired success. Because shortly after reopening in January, the same multidrug-resistant pathogens were again detected in the premature ward. The premature ward and obstetrics have been closed since then, but apparently the hygiene problem is not limited to these wards, as the discovery of multi-resistant pathogens in the ten-week-old boy in pediatric surgery shows. Especially since according to Karen Matiszick "there is a likelihood that it is the same pathogen strain."
New evidence of the source of infection? How the boy could have been infected is, as in the case of sick premature babies in the past year, completely unclear. However, the experts hope that the current infection will “leave a new mark on where the germ source is located,” explained Matiszick. In the meantime, some infection routes that have so far been considered have been ruled out. For example, there had previously been the possibility that the children in the building of the women's clinic had been infected with the germs, which can now be excluded on the basis of the negative smear examinations when the boy was admitted. It has not yet been possible to clearly determine whether the staff transmitted the pathogens from the two babies of the first wave of infection, who were still stationed in isolation, but the spokeswoman for the clinic association considers this extremely unlikely. Nevertheless, all the ways that the boy has traveled within the clinic are currently being examined in order to finally get to the bottom of the infection source of the multi-resistant pathogens. (fp)
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