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Warning over threat of E.coli in community

By Lilian Anekwe

Hospital-acquired E.coli could become the latest resistant infection to circulate in the community.

Canadian researchers have warned of the growing co-resistance of E.coli to a variety of antibiotics, with the potential for potentially fatal urinary tract and bloodstream infections.

In this month's Lancet Infectious Diseases, Dr Johann Pitout, a medical microbiologist at the University of Calgary in Canada, recommended more stringent international measures to curb the spread of resistant E.coli.

He said: ‘It is possible in the near future, clinicians will be regularly confronted with hospital bacteria in the community, a scenario similar to community-acquired MRSA.'

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