Via the Gulf Daily News: 'Superbug' alert in Gulf hospitals. Excerpt:
Clones of a dangerous 'superbug' that can be passed from patient to patient have reportedly been found in hospitals in the GCC, including Bahrain.
Researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia yesterday revealed that acinetobacter baumannii, a bacteria known for being antibiotic-resistant, has spread to the Gulf.
The infection caused by the bacteria can affect the lungs, blood and brain '“ and may also cause urinary tract and wound infections.
It is spread by direct contact, in food, water or soil and its presence has been documented by clinical research PhD student Hosam Zowawi and his adviser Professor David Paterson, who worked with experts to study the outbreak of superbugs in GCC countries.
Mr Zowawi said the study found certain acinetobacter baumannii clones resistant to last-line antibiotics prevalent in all Gulf states.
'Our study found multiple clones of this particular superbug have found their way to different cities in the Gulf states,' he said in a statement.
'Most notably, we found a big cluster of bacteria with identical genetic fingerprints in Riyadh, Al Khobar, Kuwait, Manama, Muscat and Abu Dhabi, which is a very unusual finding.'
Mr Zowawi warned clones of the bacteria scattered across the Arabian Peninsula were spreading inside hospitals and causing outbreaks from patient-to-patient transmission.