Dangerous intestinal germ KPC stopped in Leipzig



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Dangerous intestinal germ KPC stopped in Leipzig

No CCP germs have been found at Leipzig University Hospital since April. Seven patients had died of it since the outbreak two years ago.

A total of 98 documented cases According to their own statements at the Leipzig University Hospital (UKL), no multi-resistant pathogens of the KPC type (Klebsiella pneumoniae with carbapenemase formation) have been detected for "almost three months". In a statement, it said: "The last proof was in early April." KPC affects urinary tract and respiratory system and is resistant to many antibiotics. There have been a total of 98 documented cases in the UKL since July 2010, seven of which "can be assumed to have a direct connection between a CCP infection and the fatal course of the disease" there was little prospect of survival, and the majority of the patients were merely carriers of the germ without any health restrictions.

There is no 100 percent protection In the summer of 2012, the hospital reacted to the accumulation of KPC cases and took various protective measures, including an entrance screening of the patients, the establishment of three isolation stations and a stricter control of the use of antibiotics. "We have to be aware that there is no such thing as 100 percent protection against hospital infections," said the Medical Director, Prof. Wolfgang E. Fleig. "The KPC outbreak triggered by a patient taken over from Greece three years ago could successfully contained, but we have to live with the fact that the CCP and other multi-resistant pathogens will keep us busy in the future. " Professor Arne Rodloff, Director of the Institute of Medical Microbiology and UKL Hygienist, believes that the UKL is now “a pioneer in the control and research of the pathogen resistant to most antibiotics”. The protective measures are to be maintained in the future.

Resistant germs are a growing problem A few months ago, the Berlin university clinic Charité also hit the headlines because of a CCP outbreak. Bacteriologists from the renowned clinic reported an outbreak of the Klebsiella pneumoniae (KPC-3) germ. The medical director of the clinic, Professor Ulrich Frei, emphasized that "the outbreak with this germ is taken particularly seriously", but also referred to the increasing spread of the resistant bacterium and the limited treatment options. The chair hygienist, Professor Petra Gastmeyer emphasized: "We have to be prepared for the fact that more and more carbapenem-resistant germs will appear in European hospitals in the next few years." (Ad)

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