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CPE superbug replaces MRSA as danger to hospital patients

Numbers infected by deadly disease up from 433 to 537 in two years

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Disease: Some infections are now resistant to antibiotics

Disease: Some infections are now resistant to antibiotics

Disease: Some infections are now resistant to antibiotics

A lethal superbug that poses a particular risk to people with weakened immune systems is replacing MRSA as an infection scourge in hospitals.

The number of cases of the potentially deadly superbug CPE has risen from 433 in 2017 to 537 last year.

At the same time the MRSA threat has continued to fall with 147 cases diagnosed last year, a reduction of more than 80pc in the past decade.


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