New Superbug Stalks Hospitals

Thousands killed by drug-resistant pathogen
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Nov 18, 2008 7:53 AM CST

(Newser) – A deadly new superbug is stalking the world's hospitals, health experts warned today. The pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii is a burgeoning threat and proving extremely difficult to control, with a third of outbreaks resistant to front-line antibiotics, according to a study in the Lancet. Of 24,000 US cases in a year, nearly 34% of infected hospital patients died. The figure rose to 43% among patients in intensive care, according to AFP.