Wounded troops import killer superbug to NHS

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....
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!?
Nah, just serves to distance people from squaddies. We were probably getting too popular. Someone film some banter and release it as bullying quick!
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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