The study covered 78 hospitals around the world. The University of Melbourne found three variations of multiresistant bacteria in hundreds of samples from 10 countries, including strains from Europe. The biggest problem is that none of the drugs on the market can handle the bacteria.
Staphylococcus epidermidis is normally present on people's skin. The antibiotic-resistant variant of the breed usually affects older people with a weakened immune system or patients with implants such as catheters and joint prostheses.
The Australian team discovered that some strains of the bacteria had modified their DNA and thus caused resistance to a combination of two antibiotics, often used in hospitals. Researchers say that the resistant bacterium spreads rapidly due to the considerable use of antibiotics in intensive care units in hospitals.