There has been an increase in hospital patients infected with Pseudomonas bacteria, according to voluntary reports made to the Health Protection Agency.
During 2006 there were 3,663 cases, resulting in serious blood poisoning, compared with 3,306 in 2005. This rise has gained coverage in the national media, because of the bacteria’s perceived resistance to antibiotics.
Most cases were reported in wards or units where patients may be immunosupressed, the HPA said. Cross-infection between patients on wards is less likely to occur than it would with more aggressive bacteria such as MRSA and Clostridium difficile, it added.