• Bacteria that cause infections acquired in hospitals are on the WHO’s list of germs that are becoming difficult to fight. 
  • Among this group are the ESKAPE bacteria, a set of superbugs for which there are only a few antibiotics that work against them.
  • Klebsiella pneumoniae or “K” is resistant to three out of the four antibiotics hospitals in South Africa have access to.

Healthcare-associated infections occur when a person acquires an infection while they are admitted into a hospital. One of the most deadly is a bacterium that has developed resistance against three out of the four antibiotics we can use to treat it.
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Dylan Bush is Bhekisisa's production and multimedia manager.

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Zano Kunene is a health journalist at Bhekisisa.