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Determination of the cause after two deaths: Resistant germs detected in the University Clinic Frankfurt


Multi-resistant bacteria: dangerous germs discovered in Frankfurt university clinic
Dangerous germs have been found in two deceased patients at the University Clinic in Frankfurt. According to the clinic, the multiresistant bacterium "Klebsiella pneumoniae" was detected in the two. However, it is not clear whether the patients have died from their illnesses or from the germs.

Life-threatening germs registered in two deceased patients
Dangerous germs were discovered in two patients who died at the University Hospital in Frankfurt. According to a statement from the hospital, the man and woman "have been shown to be the multi-resistant and potentially life-threatening pathogen Klebsiella Pneumoniae". According to the information, both patients were seriously ill. It is not clear whether they died from their illnesses or from the germs.

Parts of the intensive care unit blocked and operations postponed
"It can be assumed with the greatest probability that both patients died because of their serious underlying illness and not because of the proven pathogen," writes the clinic.

The responsible supervisory authorities were informed as early as possible and kept up to date.

According to the information provided by the clinic, the particularly strict hygiene and isolation measures initiated in such cases, as stipulated in the binding hygiene plan of the Frankfurt University Hospital.

"For this purpose, areas of the intensive care unit were blocked and patients were transferred. Predictable operations have been postponed, the station has been subjected to a basic, multi-stage disinfection cleaning process, ”the statement said.

Increase in antibiotic resistance
According to experts, "Klebsiella pneumomiae" occur, among other things, in the intestine of humans and are usually harmless. In exceptional cases, such as in people with weakened immune systems, they can be life-threatening.

Multi-resistant Klebsiella Pneumoniae germs also caused deaths because they could not be treated effectively with antibiotics.

The increase in antibiotic resistance poses an ever increasing challenge for health experts.

Just last year, an EU commission warned of massively increasing antibiotic resistance.

An estimated 700,000 people already die each year from infections with pathogens for which no medication helps.

If the problem is not brought under control soon, researchers face a horror scenario. According to an older study by the Berlin Charité, there could be around ten million deaths from multi-resistant germs by 2050. (ad)

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