HEALTH WARNING: Tourists infected by antibiotic-resistant bug
Originally published on EXPRESS
The antibiotic resistant bug, Klebsiella pneumoniae, which has affected travellers in the Canary Islands, can cause life-threatening conditions such as meningitis, pneumonia and blood infections.
All cases in the area have found the bug in people of Nordic origin, from Sweden and Norway - all of whom were admitted to the same private clinic in the south of Gran Canaria.
Last week, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) warned in a report that people who go to hospitals in the region are at “high risk”.
And the ECDC report warned against infected tourists going to hospitals for treatment when they return home, as the bug could become a “cross-border” threat.
The report said: “There is a high risk of transmission and subsequent outbreaks”.