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Wounded troops import killer superbug to NHS

#1
Steven Swinford, Sunday Times 08 Oct

WOUNDED troops returning from Iraq have been linked by government scientists to outbreaks of a deadly superbug in National Health Service hospitals.

Injured soldiers flown back to be treated on the NHS have been infected with a rare strain of Acinetobacter baumannii, a superbug resistant to antibiotics.

At one hospital in Birmingham in 2003 the bacteria went on to infect 93 people, 91 of whom were civilians. Thirty-five died, although the hospital has not been able to establish whether the superbug was a contributory factor....
 
#2
There is a distinctive smell of fish about this report!

Who stands to benefit from it - or rather, who stands to avoid liability in tort!?
 
#4
Nah, just serves to distance people from squaddies. We were probably getting too popular. Someone film some banter and release it as bullying quick!
 
#5
A typical bit of spin on a story.

Note that the story misleadingly refers to a "link" between the soldiers and the bug. Then goes on to say that soldiers became infected, but doesn't suggest where they became infected. (Statistically, a representative proportion of soldiers would be expected to succumb to a hospital-initiated infection).

I suppose a glance at the records of "BMH" Shaiba would immediately confirm whether the bug originated there, as quite a lot of people would have been infected.

The Sunday Times must be getting desperate for news.
 

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