Antibiotic-resistant salmonella strain reaches Europe
Scientists are urging health authorities across the world to act quickly to treat and monitor a new strain of salmonella before it spreads across the world.
The new superbug, known as S. Kentucky, has recently emerged in Europe and has been indentified in France, England, Denmark and the UK.
It is thought the salmonella strain originated in Africa and as it has travelled through the Middle East towards Europe it has picked up drug-resistant properties.
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Research has suggested the bacteria initially emerged in poultry and then spread to farm animals.
A team of international researchers has warned that incidences of the superbug are growing, with 500 cases seen worldwide in 2008 compared to just a handful in 2002.
They have said this particular strain of salmonella is resistant to even the most powerful of antibiotics, including ciprofloxacin, one of the most common treatments for infections caused by the bacterial illness.
The researchers also believe the emergence of antibiotic-resistant salmonella has highlighted the importance of public health surveillance in the global food industry.
Results of their findings have been published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.
One of the researchers, Dr Simon Le Hello, from the Institut Pasteur in Paris, said: “We hope that this publication might stir awareness among national and international health, food, and agricultural authorities so that they take the necessary measures to control and stop the dissemination of this strain before it spreads globally.”
Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know
We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital.
What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”