Tagged: Superbug

NZ’s first ‘superbug’ victim? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Nov 19, 2013

One of the big news stories today was about the death of Brian Pool, who according to Stuff’s Michelle Duff is “believed to be New Zealand’s first victim of an aggressive superbug, caught while he was overseas, that is resistant to every type of antibiotic.” One of the doctors who treated him, clinical microbiologist … Read More

What makes a bug super? Part II - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 07, 2011

In a recent post about the ‘superbug’ Staphylococcus aureus, I mentioned reading an article in the weekend Herald about a guy who had suffered badly from a series of major infections, including an ESBL superbug bacterium So what is this ESBL superbug? ESBL stands for Extended Spectrum Beta Lactamases, a group of enzymes that are able to  deactivate … Read More

Handwash - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Nov 01, 2009

The Sunday Star Times makes the rather obvious connection between the spread of the Superbug ESBL and the lax hand-washing practices of staff, particularly doctors. I will be the first to admit that we doctors are a slack bunch in general when it comes to hand-washing. “There are many excuses healthcare workers come up with for [...] Related posts: … Read More