Serratia marcescens outbreak reported in Norway hospitals


by NewsDesk Laugh

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI) has been notified of an outbreak of Serratia marcescens that has been detected in several hospitals in the country. A total of 33 cases have been reported so far from three of the four health districts in the country.

Suratian wilted

The FHI is now contributing to the outbreak’s work by coordinating a group with representatives from all health districts, says Chief Physician Arne Taxt at the Public Health Institute.

In addition, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority and the Norwegian Medicines Agency are involved in the investigation work. The purpose is to get Extensive overview of the situation and stopping the outbreak. It is not currently clear what the source of the infection is, and where the infection spreads.

The working group is working systematically to map the extent of the outbreak, find routes of infection, and investigate whether there is a common source of infection, says Takst.

The outbreak was discovered in October 2022 when hospitals in Helles-Middt-Norge reacted to an increase in the number of patients in the area who were diagnosed with the disease. Suratian wilted. Seven of them turned out to be identical bacterial strains with the same genetic profile. Helles-Medette-Norge then examined previous patient samples, identifying a total of nine cases with the same bacterial strain from 2022 and one from 2021. Last week, three health organizations in Helles-sur-East also announced The The discovery of this bacterial strain in seven patient samples since 2022. Three deaths have been reported where infection may be a contributing factor.

As of 22 November, FHI had identified 33 cases in three health regions in Central Norway, Western Health and Southeastern Health.

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It concluded that, to date, no common cause of infection had been identified in patients, and further investigations were ongoing.

Suratian wilted It is a bacteria that commonly occurs and thrives in, among other things, water and moist environments, as well as in hospital environments. It rarely causes illness in healthy people, but it can cause serious illness in patients with weakened immune systems. infections with Suratian wilted It can be treated with antibiotics.

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