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Wednesday, April 16 2014 @ 03:02 PM EDT

Health Authorities in Panama Issue Health Alert Over Another Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

HealthcareInternational media on Monday echoed the information provided by the Social Security Fund (CSS) that Panama has issued a health alert in response to the emergence in the region of another resistant bacteria resistant: the New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase 1, known to have caused deaths in India, Pakistan, United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, Canada, USA and Guatemala. Among the sanitary activities being taken in Panama include epidemiological surveillance and research as well as the steadily increasing participation of laboratories in the system for early detection of outbreaks in hospitals and nursing homes.

The Telesur Network reported: "Panama Under A Health Alert Due To Deadly Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria." Prensa Latina, Havana, Cuba, reported: "Alert in Panama Over Multiresistant Bacteria." The Radio of the South Reported: "Panama: Government Declared Health Alert For Deadly Bacteria Resistant to Antibiotics." Emol.com published: "Health Authorities of Panama Enacted Alert Over Deadly Bacteria."

The Director of Medical Services of the CSS, Javier Diaz, said on Monday that Panama, a transit country, is stepping up surveillance in the hospital network. In the CSS other multiresistant bacteria have been detected such as the Klebsiella pneumoniae KPC and Blea +, which together have claimed 103 lives, and that require continued vigilance. In August 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on the emergency response to a mechanism of resistance in Enterobacteriaceae, linked to increased morbidity and hospital mortality in India, Pakistan and England.

Public hospitals had already been subjected to intensive disinfection to control outbreaks of the bacterium Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenem (KPC), which this year alone killed 101 patients and is associated with nosocomial infections, according to a press release from CSS. The Ministry of Health of Panama said in a statement that the warning measures were ordered after the appearance of a case of infection with NDM in Guatemala on 22 November, which seeks to prevent a possible spread in Latin America. (Estrella)

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