Antibiotic-resistant Shigella sparks concern amid outbreak

Antibiotic-resistant Shigella sparks concern amid outbreak

Originally published on Pharmacy News

Nearly one-third of cases of Shigella infection are showing signs of treatment resistance, according to NSW Health officials who are battling an outbreak.

The bowel infection has resulted in 91 cases in the state between November 2017 and April 2018, with 31% of infections demonstrating multi-drug resistance.

The ongoing outbreak has prompted an awareness campaign in the gay community as concern grows about antibiotic-resistant Shigella strains.

Last year, data from Victoria suggested up to 44% of notified cases were resistant to three or more antibiotics, including ampicillin, azithromycin, ciprofloxacin and co-trimoxazole.

Also last year, cases across Australia peaked at the highest numbers ever recorded, with 1771 notified infections.

However, these figures are likely an underestimation, according to NSW Health epidemiologist Dr Christine Selvey.

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