Braga Hospital with eight patients infected with multidrug-resistant bacteria


Speaking to journalists, Jorge Marques also said that there have been, since the beginning of the year, four cases of death that “may be related” to that type of bacteria, but there is still no confirmation.

“It cannot be said that the cause of death was the bacteria itself. It may have contributed, that’s for sure, there may be some relationship, but we are still analyzing”, he said.

At stake is a group of bacteria generically called “CRE” that are resistant to multiple antibiotics.

“During the first quarter of this year, we saw an increase in the incidence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. An increase in the incidence of cases is an outbreak. But this is not exactly a general alarm situation. still Jorge Marques.

In this sense, Hospital de Braga is implementing control measures, which go through a “systematic screening” of all patients who are hospitalized.

The aim is to have a “more detailed idea” of the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria for the eventual adoption of “more aggressive measures” to prevent the risk of transmission.

“This type of bacteria is closely associated with hospital institutions and homes for the elderly, explained the clinical director of Hospital de Braga.

With a total of 700 beds, the hospital registers about 140 colonized patients, that is, positive.

“Being colonized does not mean being infected. About 90 percent of the colonized will not develop any type of infection”, said Jorge Marques.

Patients at greatest risk of infection are those with previous hospitalizations or institutionalization and those undergoing abdominal surgery.

“It can cause pneumonia, urinary infections or generalized infections, called sepsis, which is the most complicated situation”, the doctor also explained.


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