Pseudomonas aeruginosa outbreak update in Norwegian hospitals

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In one followed by an ongoing outbreak report of the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa in Norwegian hospitals, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) reports that there is still an outbreak of the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa in several hospitals in Norway. To date, more than 160 cases of infection have been reported, including 28 hospitals in the four health regions.

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INSP coordinates an outbreak group with professionals from all health regions. these working systematically to gain the best possible insight into the situation and to contain the outbreak that was first discovered in November at UNN Tromsø.

It is probably a combination of infection between people and between people and the environment. Therefore, we are also looking for a possible common source of infection, such as medical equipment or other products, says FHI Chief Medical Officer Kirsten Gravningen.

Each case of infection is carefully examined and the information is compiled and analyzed. the hospitals have systems in place to care for infected people and very few have become seriously ill.

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Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a common bacterium that thrives in water and moist environments, as well as in hospital settings. It rarely causes illness in healthy people, but can cause serious infection in intensive care patients and patients with weakened immune systems.

Analyzes of the bacteria’s whole genome (genetic profile) showed that the epidemic strain had not been previously described in Norway or other countries.