Superbug Danger for Surgery Patients - excerpts from The Sydney Morning Herald online
Australians who travel overseas for cheap plastic surgery risk picking up new drug-resistant bacteria and spreading the bugs when they return home, infectious disease experts say.
Already one case has been reported of a plastic surgery patient who returned to Australia with an extremely antibiotic-resistant bug. Research published yesterday in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet indicated it is a growing problem among British plastic surgery patients who have visited India and Pakistan.
Many hospital infections that were already difficult to treat because of antibiotic-resistant bacteria have become even more impervious to drugs thanks to a recently discovered gene that can jump across different species of bacteria.
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