Focus: Infection Control

Doctors say Palestinian superbug epidemic could spread

January 9, 2019
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Doctors in Gaza and the West Bank have said they are battling an epidemic of antibiotic-resistant superbugs that could also spill over the Palestinian borders, according to an article on the Guardian website.

Shortages of water, power and fuel for generators mean doctors cannot always meet even basic hygiene standards, making it easier for any drug-resistant infection to spread. 

At times doctors are not even able to wash their hands and there are shortages of gloves, gowns and chlorine tablets for disinfecting, the article said.

Medics say antibiotics shortage stops them following protocols to fight the drug-resistant bacteria.

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