28 Jun 2017

Fiji superbug linked to supply shortage

From , 5:04 am on 28 June 2017

The director of the Colonial Memorial Hospital in Fiji's capital says he's worried a shortage of supplies could have led to the outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant superbug in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Four babies have died in the past month since the outbreak of Acinetobacter baumannii was confirmed.

The acting director, James Fong, says the four babies died of other serious illnesses, but it can't be ruled out that the bacteria contributed to their deaths.

Dr Fong told Jamie Tahana part of the unit remains quarantined and the government is working with international experts to try and combat the bacteria, but it could take at least six weeks.

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