'Illness, disability and death': Auckland DHB warns about superbugs in confidential report

'Illness, disability and death': Auckland DHB warns about superbugs in confidential report

Originally published on the NZ Herald

One of the country's biggest DHBs has investigated the rise of "superbugs" that can't be easily treated with antibiotics - and concluded the deadly threat is on our doorstep. Nicholas Jones reports.

Newborns are vulnerable to deadly "superbugs" that could also make life-saving transplant surgeries impossible, a confidential report by a major DHB has warned.

Auckland District Health Board leaders have had a closed door briefing on the threat from bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotics, and been told such bugs are already endemic in some hospitals in the Pacific Islands.

A leading expert told the Weekend Herald the work was a "wake up call" to other DHBs, and action was badly needed: "The threat we face is huge and there is no time to waste".

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